Black 14 (Laramie, Wyo.) films, 1969-2009

Overview of the Collection

Black 14 (Laramie, Wyo.) films
1969-2009 (inclusive)
.1 cubic ft. (1 folder) + 198 GB
Collection Number
The collection contains two films relating to the dismissal of 14 black football players from the 1969 University of Wyoming football team.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In October, 1969 fourteen Black college football players were dismissed from the University of Wyoming football team because they wanted to wear armbands when playing against Brigham Young University to protest the alleged racial policies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in promoting members to the priesthood. Sympathetic protests took place in Wyoming.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains a silent, 2:18 minute film which portrays protesters, some with black armbands, staging demonstrations at the University of Wyoming. The film was found in a vault of the Wyoming governor's office in 1979. Additionally the collection contains a DVD of the 40th Anniversary Black 14 Panel Discussion, which included Mel Hamilton, John Griffin, Clinton Isaac Jr., Charles Graves, Kevin McKinney, and Ryan Thorburn, a video of a Black 14 Panel discussion from 2019, and a WyoFile article from 2020.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The Black 14 Panel Discussion DVD can only be reproduced for researchers by UWTV. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Alternative Forms Available

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of select material from this collection are available at

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

Other Black 14 materials can be found in the Black 14 collection (#10405), the Branding Iron (Laramie, Wyo.) records (#541007), and the University of Wyoming, President's Office Records (#510000).

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from the Wyoming Governor's office in 1979, UWTV in 2009, University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center in 2019, and Phil White in 2020.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Matthew Francis in September 2010 and updated by Jamie J. Greene in August 2021.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Film (Silent), 16-mm - University of Wyoming Black 14 Protests 1969
1 Film, DVD - 40th Anniversary Black 14 Panel Discussion 2009
1 and Digital ahcdm_10963_001 Film, DVD - Black 14 Panel Discussion, organized by the American Heritage Center's Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership 2010
Digital ahcdm_10963_002 Black 14 panel discussion at the University of Wyoming, Arts and Sciences Auditorium, sponsored by the American Heritage Center and Wyoming History Day September 12, 2019
Digital ahcdm_10963_003 WyoFile: "Two of UW's Black 14 Share Untold Stories, Post-George Floyd View" (digital article), 2020

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African American football players--Political activity--Wyoming.
  • Civil rights demonstration--Wyoming.

Corporate Names

  • University of Wyoming--Race relations.

Geographical Names

  • Wyoming--History--1946-