W.I. “Bill” Hairston is a professional storyteller. He spins tales about a number of different topics — some made up and some real.
During a recent talk at the West Virginia State University Economic Development Center on Charleston’s West Side he devoted his entire presentation to the topic “Growing Up Black in Appalachia.”
Hairston was originally born in Phenix City, Alabama in 1949. He describes the area of the town where he lived as being predominantly black.