In October 1969
, 14 African American players for the University of Wyoming planned to sport black armbands in a football game against Brigham Young University to protest the then-priesthood/temple ban on Blacks in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(that ban ended in 1978).
Their coach booted them off the team hours before kickoff.
Now, more than 50 years later, the “Black 14,” as they have been called, are teaming up with the LDS Church
to bring 180 tons of food to people in need in nine U.S. cities stretching from Maryland to Wyoming.
On this week’s podcast, Mel Hamilton, one of the original Black 14 whose son actually converted to Mormonism, talks about the experience, past and present.