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The mural of the Black 14 in downtown Laramie created by  Adrienne Vetter

Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute


Brief History:

On October 17, 1969, fourteen Black University of Wyoming (UW) football players wanted to ask Head Coach Lloyd Eaton permission to join a national movement to protest the policy prohibiting African Americans from joining the priesthood in the Mormon Church, known today as the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints by wearing black armbands. The armbands were to be worn during a game against Brigham Young University (BYU), a university operated by the referenced church. The armbands symbolized their stand against racism, oppression, and social injustice. Upon meeting with Head Coach Eaton, they were immediately suspended from the UW football team and were denied the opportunity to ask their question for permission to wear the armbands. Their lives were forever changed. Today, these fourteen UW football players are known as the Black 14. Their names are: Jay (Jerry) Berry, Tony Gibson, John Griffin, Lionel Grimes, Mel Hamilton, Ron Hill, Guillermo (Willie) Hysaw, Jim Issac, Earl Lee, Tony McGee, Don Meadows, Ivie Moore, Joe Williams, and Ted Williams. On September 13, 2019, verbal and written official University apologies were given to the Black 14.

In honor of their legacy, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Social Justice Research Center are creating a pipeline program for Black students to attend the University of Wyoming. You are invited to participate in the inaugural Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute to meet these legendary men, and experience the wonderful State of Wyoming and the only public state university in the state: The University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.

The Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute Purpose: 

The Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute is a multi-day overnight program that provides high school students with the opportunity to research contemporary issues related to and important to the Black community at the local, state, national, and world-wide levels. At the same time, the institute strives to have a positive impact on the college completion rate of Black students. The six-year college completion rate for Black students is 38 percent when nationally 54.8 percent of all college students complete college within six years. The Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute will introduce you to curricular and co-curricular engagement opportunities in addition to UW mentoring and support while they are still enrolled in high school as a rising junior or senior.

"The Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute utilizes the history of the Black 14 as an entry point for you to learn about social justice, resistance to social injustice, and oppression" says Dr. Emily Monago, one of the institute's organizers. You will enhance your knowledge of social justice, leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that facilitate positive change, while exposing you to the experiences of living, researching, and studying at the University of Wyoming. You will also be introduced to persistence strategies for successful attainment of your college degrees and personal resilience for lifelong success. Selected participants will live in the residence halls and dine on campus. Information will be provided to support admissions, registration, and financing a college education, while experiencing the culture and natural environment of Wyoming. The cost of the institute is FREE.

Application Instructions:

The Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute will be held Summer 2022.

There are a limited number of spaces for the institute. Your space is held with a $45 fully refundable application fee.

This fee can be paid to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by check or money order mailed to:

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

1000 East University Avenue Department 3434

Laramie, Wyoming 82071. 

*Note: There are a limited amount of scholarships available to cover the application fee. For more information please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at 307-766-6672 or 

If you are unable to attend the institute, email by June 1, 2022 to cancel for a full refund.

Travel Scholarships:

A limited amount of travel scholarships for out-of-state students are available. Transportation will be provided for students in Wyoming and the Front Range area of Colorado. Participants will have meals, lodging on campus, and transportation to events covered by the institute. Personal expenses such as toiletries and spending money are not provided.


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Phone: 307-766-6672


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