Miami teacher wasn’t just the high-school media specialist. She also gave me wings

My teacher passed away last month.

Evelyn Marie Harris Wynn, was a wife, proud mother and devoted advocate for inner-city black and Hispanic students enrolled in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She was also the person who is personally responsible for my journey into journalism. More about that later.

Mrs. Wynn, as she was known to her students, died on April 20 after a long illness and valiant fight. She was 82.


Born in Fernandina Beach, Florida and the eldest of five children, she came to South Florida in the 1970s with her husband, William Austin Wynn. Together they promoted business development in black communities and ran Afro-Caribbean Import-Export at 741 NW 62nd St.

When William Wynn died of a heart attack in 1997, he was remembered as an “inner-city capitalist” and the first black vice president of the United Way of Dade County.

At his side was his wife,

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