It was early September and Vincent Flewellen had just wrapped up his day teaching at Ladue Middle School.
“It was a pretty day,” Flewellen remembered. “I had a great day here at Ladue Middle School. I was really in a good mood.”
But Flewellen knew he could be in for a heavy night.
Less than four weeks had passed since Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown. And Flewellen, who is African American, was on his way to an event at Saint Louis University designed to help teachers unpack complicated issues of race and class.