Fifty-three years ago, a young Lynn Weaver walked into his new classroom at West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, ready for lessons, but honestly more interested in the football field.
He and a dozen other black students were the first to integrate into the school.
“I got stomach cramps every morning just thinking about going to school,” Weaver said. “I stopped eating breakfast.”
The daring move led Weaver to second-guess his abilities. But the 14-year-old student who was constantly targeted by racist teachers and bullies would not only ace his classes, he also became one of the top Veterans Affairs surgeons.
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