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While the country as a whole was fighting the way though many civil rights issues concerning African Americans, each state had citizens that were going through their own struggles that led to protests. At the University of Wyoming, 14 African American football players, later known as the Black 14, wanted to protest their football game against Brigham Young University, due to the university’s association with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The LDS church had rules against allowing African American citizens from being part of the priesthood. The Black 14 along with the University of Wyoming’s Black Student Alliance felt that with all the changes the country was going through, the LDS church should also make changes to be more accepting of African Americans. The Black 14 wanted to wear black armbands while they competed with Brigham Young University the upcoming weekend. They decided to go talk to their coach Lloyd Eaton before they went along with their protest. They had worn the black armbands to their meeting with Coach Eaton and as soon as he saw the a…
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