In part one of this story, Dr. William Lynn Weaver talked about the racism he faced as one of the first students to integrate West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee back in 1964. After he graduated, Lynn left Knoxville and never looked back.


After Lynn’s StoryCorps interviews recounting his experience integrating West High School were aired on on National Public Radio, Lynn got an email from the school’s current principal inviting him back to see how West had changed in the five decades since he was a student there.

In this episode of the StoryCorps podcast, we join Lynn as he makes the trip to West High School for the first time in over five decades.


Top photo: Artwork by Eleanor Davis.
Middle photo: Dr. William Lynn Weaver in the stands at West High School. Photo by Jud Esty-Kendall for StoryCorps.
Bottom photo: Dr. William Lynn Weaver speaks to students at West High School. Photo by Daryl Johnson.

Released on December 4, 2018.

Like the music in this episode? Support the artists:
“Cast in Wicker” by Blue Dot Sessions from the album Aeronaut
“Untitled #9,” “Untitled #4,” and “Untitled #2″ by Yusuke Tsutsumi from the album Birds Flying in the Dark
“Teenage Dream” by Yusuke Tsutsumi from the album Flower Song