William Weaver was 14 and a rising high school sophomore in the fall of 1964.
He was also one of 14 black students integrating the all-white West High School in Knoxville, Tenn.
"As soon as we got into the school, the principal was calling the roll. He said, 'Bill Weaver,' and I said, 'My name is William.' And he said, 'Oh, you're a smart N-word.' I'd been in school maybe 30 minutes and he suspended me," Weaver, 67, says, while recounting his first day at school during a recent visit to StoryCorps.