1965-1967: Cornbread Loves Cynthia

It all started as a way to get the attention of a girl. McCray was discharged from the YDC in September 1967 and moved back to Strawberry Mansion Junior High School in North Philly. While there, he developed a crush on a girl named Cynthia Custuss. After wooing all of the girls in the institution for the gang members, it was time for McCray to do something drastic for the girl he wanted. He started writing “Cornbread Loves Cynthia” on all of the walls of the school and in the neighborhood. He succeeded in getting Cynthia’s attention. They dated until she moved away with her family. McCray’s tagging of Cornbread evolved from a way of getting a girl’s attention into a way of getting the world’s attention.

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