CHEYENNE – WyomingPBS, in cooperation with the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, will livestream a panel discussion with nine members of the Black 14 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Arts and Sciences Auditorium on the UW campus.
The event is free and open to the public, and can be viewed at WyomingPBS.org.
The panel discussion is part of a series of events at UW that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Black 14, when 14 African American football players were summarily dismissed from the Wyoming Cowboys football team by then-head coach Lloyd Eaton. The players had wanted to ask for permission to protest the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints policy of prohibiting black people from attaining the priesthood.
Viewers who want to submit questions to be considered for discussion by the panel can do so by emailing email@example.com.
“We are honored to bring the voices of the Black 14 to Wyoming,” senior public affairs producer and panel moderator Craig Blumenshine said in a news release. “I look forward to having these former Wyoming Cowboys tell their stories in their own words.”
At the beginning of the 1969 season, Wyoming was a national power in college football and had won the past three Western Athletic Conference titles while being ranked in the top 10 in national football polls. After the Black 14 were dismissed, the Cowboys won but two more games in 1969 and fell to 1-9 the following season.
Other events planned for Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 12-14, include several on-campus discussions with students, a tribute unveiling of a plaque telling the story of the Black 14 football players, and a special Friday night dinner for the Black 14 hosted by acting UW President Neil Theobald and Director of Athletics Tom Burman. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the former Cowboys will be honored at halftime of the UW-University of Idaho football game, which kicks off at 3 p.m.