The pep talk turned controversial after he told all the young boys to stand up and for the girls to remain seated.
‘But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right?’ Winston said prompting cheers from the students.
'All my boys, tell me one time: “I can do anything I put my mind to.” Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying?
'One day y'all are going to have a very deep voice like this. One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.’
Winston added: 'But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men supposed to be strong. I want y'all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!’
Bonnie Volland, a speech language pathologist at Melrose, told the Tampa Bay Times that the beginning of Winston’s speech had sent out a positive message.
But Volland said a female student turned around as Winston was addressing the boys and said: 'I’m strong too.’
This Tampa marching band must have made an impressive racket
at performances. Armed with homemade
instruments (including a pot, a meat grinder, and a homemade saxophone), this
band was comprised of middle aged and elderly women with a young boy (with bow
and pipe) leading the way.
From the Tony Pizzo Collection, University of South Florida Libraries