History lesson: The story of the Black 14 resonates 50 years later
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History lesson: The story of the Black 14 resonates 50 years later


Fifty years ago this week, 14 black members of the University of Wyoming football team met with head coach Lloyd Eaton to ask if they could wear black armbands to protest racist policies and incidents tied to upcoming opponent BYU. Instead, Eaton kicked the players off the team — ranked 12th in the country at the time — without giving them a chance to make their case, they unanimously say. The incident, coming in the wake of the civil rights movement, has drawn more attention in recent years because of other high-profile sports protests such as Colin Kaepernick's.

In light of that anniversary, the Star-Tribune took a deeper look at Eaton's infamous decision, which left its imprint on the state of Wyoming in more ways than one.

The stories that follow appeared in a special edition of the Star-Tribune published Oct 13.

The following is an oral history of what led to the incident, what transpired on that infamous October day in Wyoming’s field house and the aftermath, told through the words of 10 of the 11 living members.


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