Blog: November 2010

Junior Edwin Flowers and Principal Liz Wynne at Twin Cities Academy

Expecting more of our young black men -- and ourselves

When Edwin Flowers started attending Twin Cities Academy as a freshman, he figured that he’d catch some breaks since the principal is African-American like Edwin.

Liz Wynne quickly corrected that assumption. “I’m going to be harder on you,” she warned. “You’ve got to set an example for the younger students.”

Mind you, Edwin wasn’t a role model at the time. He was creative, funny, often in trouble for talking in class and so far behind in math he had essentially given up. Two and a half years later, he has a 3.65 GPA and a busy schedule as a basketball player, spoken word artist and ThreeSixty writer.