Phil White served as editor of the University of Wyoming student newspaper the Branding Iron from 1969 until shortly after the dismissal of fourteen African American players from the UW football team in 1969. He later became a staff writer for the Wyoming-based Casper Star-Tribune. The collection contains articles from the Branding Iron about the Black 14 controversy as well as articles from other newspapers. There is material pertaining to Coach Lloyd Eaton including information on the court trial that followed the dismissal of the football players. Also included are retrospective articles from the 1980s and 1990s.
Additional content for this collection can be found in the "Inventory for collection.”
Newspaper clippings from the Branding Iron regarding the Black 14, 1969-2007
Multiple newspaper clippings from Laramie's Branding Iron regarding the Black 14, the University's actions, and the town's reactions.
Newspaper clippings from various publications regarding the Black 14, 1969-2000.
Multiple newspaper clippings from various publications around the country, including the Branding Iron, regarding the Black 14 and Wyoming's reactions to the event.
Black Student Alliance statement, October 18, 1969
BSA statement outlines reasons to demonstrate against LDS Church policy involving Blacks.
Committee for the 14 meeting summary, October 1969
Committee for the 14 recaps first meeting and calls for campus-wide protest.
New Mexico Civil Liberties Union support statement for Black 14, October 20, 1969
New Mexico Civil Liberties Union's statement of support for the 14 fired players and for protest against LDS Church.
Revelations #2, October 22, 1969
Committee for the 14 newsletter describing their meeting held October 21, 1969.
Revelations #3, October 23, 1969
Committee for the 14 newsletter describing their meeting held October 22, 1969.
Revelation #9, October 31, 1969
Committee for the 14 newsletter outlining Black 14 events to date along with opinion piece by editor.
Hate mail sent to Branding Iron, October 1969
Racist hate mail sent to Branding Iron editor Phil White regarding Black Student Alliance.
NAACP statement on ruling against Black 14 by U.S. District Judge Kerr, September 29, 1971
Statement from Cheyenne Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) after ruling of U.S. District Judge Ewing T. Kerr in favor of the university in lawsuit filed by some the 14 players and NAACP.
Letter from Black 14 member Tony Gibson, September 21, 1993
Black 14 member Tony Gibson notes his regrets at not attending 1993 Black 14 commemoration and reflects on impact of the controversy.
Black 14 member Ivie Moore's poem "Visions of the Black 14," September 25, 1993
Black 14 member Ivie Moore's poem about hurt caused by Coach Lloyd Eaton racist language when firing the 14 Black football players.