LARAMIE, Wyo.- Six members of the Black 14, returned to the University of Wyoming, to speak to students about the protest.
In the 1969 football season, 14 players were cut for wanting to wear black arm bands, against BYU that season. They wanted to protest against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, for preventing black men from their priesthood.
"It had to do with us being black football players, and standing up for what we perceived to be as right," Black 14 member John Griffin said.
"It messed up our pro careers," said Ivie Moore (fellow black 14 member). "It messed us up physically, mentally, and financially."
After the players were cut, the protest continued, as students from UW and other schools wore black arm bands around campus, and some athletes quit their respective sports. The San Jose State football team wore black arm bands to protest against BYU and show their support for the Black 14.
Six of the Black 14 members [John Griffin, Tony Gibson, Mel Hamilton, Guillermo Hysaw, Ivie Moore, Tony McGee] spoke at a conference, for Black History Month, at UW. They received Lifetime Achievement awards from the school's African-American and Diaspora Studies program. Members of the Black 14 hoped that their movement can inspire the younger generation to stand up for what they believe in.
"For all you young people, you got to stand up for what's right," Gibson said. "No matter what it may cost you, what you think it's costing you, you have already won."