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40th Anniversary Black 14 Panel Discussion

October 30, 2009

A panel discussion commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Black 14 incident is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3, from noon-2 p.m. in the University of Wyoming Union's Skylight Lounge.

The Black 14 were 14 black football players who were dismissed from the 1969 UW football team for wanting to wear black armbands during the game against Brigham Young University to protest Mormon Church policies. At the time, black men were not allowed into the ministry.

"The panel will celebrate and commemorate these men who made history through their student activism," says Aimee Glocke, assistant professor in the African American and Diaspora Studies Program.

The panelists are: players Mel Hamilton and John Griffin; Clinton Isaac Jr., brother of deceased team member Jim Isaac; Charles Graves, lawyer for the players; Associate Athletics Director Kevin McKinney, student at the time; Paulette Gadlin, former UW student and protest organizer; and Ryan Thorburn, author of the new book "Black 14: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Wyoming football."

Food will be provided by Jimmy John's, and Black 14 T-shirts and books will be available for purchase. Event organizers include the Association of Black Student Leaders, the African American and Diaspora Studies Program, Multicultural Affairs and Associated Students of the University of Wyoming.

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009

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