I am a poet living in Mesa, Arizona. I was born and raised in Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1971. I was at the University during the Black 14 incident. I also worked in the psychology department with Tony Gibson. I wrote this poem recently as a tribute to the Black 14. 

Black 14 (I was There)

I was there on October 1969

When racism raised its ugly

Hand in Wyoming

It was not on a ranch

In a voting booth

On a construction sight

But on a football field

(Jerome Berry

Jim Issac

John Griffin

Don Meadows

Earl Lee)

Where 14 men stood tall

In the eyes of justice

Where Wyoming education

Turned a blind eye

And could not see the future

History teaches us lessons

We forget with time

Colin Kaepernick knows that

Because his road was paved

With the shadows of the Black 14

On a cold day in Wyoming

(Tony McGee

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Lionel Grimes

Mel Hamilton

Ron Hill

Willie Hysaw)

Where football took a back seat

To civil rights

The ghost of Rosa Parks

Was there

A witness to the separation

Of the races

On a football field

Time would speak the truth

About who was right

And who was wrong

Today we acknowledge the Black 14

For courage




(Tony Gibson

Ivie Moore

Ted Williams

Joe Williams)

Today we salute the Black 14

For teaching a lesson in Civil Rights

That will be remembered

Throughout all time

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