Presentations On UW Black 14 This Weekend

Presentations On UW Black 14 This Weekend

The Sheridan County Museum and the Johnson County Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in Buffalo will be offering two presentations on the 1969 UW Black 14 on Friday in Sheridan and Saturday in Buffalo.

John Griffith was a member of the University of Wyoming's football team along with 13 other black student athletes in 1969 that were expelled from the team after they protested LDS Church policy that barred black men from the priesthood.
The day before Wyoming's game with Brigham Young University, 14 black players showed up at Head Coach Lloyd Eaton's office sporting black armbands to discuss their protest.
All 14 players were subsequently dismissed from the team.

Gatchell Museum Director Sylvia Bruner explains why the event is important to remember and what it may have changed.

Griffin will present the program on Friday at the Whitney Center For The Arts at Sheridan College at 7pm; and Saturday at 6pm at the Buffalo High School Auditorium.

Sponsors for the Sheridan program are the Sheridan County Museum and the Whitney Center For The Arts; and the Buffalo program is sponsored by Buffalo High School and Wyoming Humanities.

Both events are free to attend.

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