By Danny McKenzie
For greater than fifty years, Jack Reed, Sr. (b. 1924) has been a voice of cause in Mississippi--speaking from his platform as a fashionable businessman and taking management roles in schooling, race kinfolk, fiscal and neighborhood improvement, or even church governance. hardly ever one to stick to the established order, Reed continuously brought his speeches with a wide dose of excellent cheer. His audiences, even though, didn't consistently reciprocate, particularly in his early years whilst he spoke out on behalf of public schooling and racial equality. His willingness to take part in civic affairs and his oratorical abilities led him to management roles at nation, neighborhood, and nationwide levels--including the presidency of the Mississippi monetary Council, chairmanship of President George H. W. Bush's nationwide Advisory Council on schooling, and constitution club at the United Methodist Church fee on faith and Race. A Time to talk brings jointly greater than a dozen of Reed's speeches over a fifty-year interval (1956-2007). The Tupelo businessman discusses the occasions surrounding his talks approximately race kinfolk inside his church, his deep involvement in schooling along with his shut buddy Governor William wintry weather and with President George H. W. Bush, and his personal crusade for governor as a Republican in 1987. Danny McKenzie locations this unique fabric in old context. A Time to talk illustrates how a personal citizen with braveness can influence optimistic switch. Danny McKenzie, a veteran Mississippi newspaper columnist, is the assistant to the president for advertising and marketing and improvement at Blue Mountain collage. he's the writer of issues of the Spirit: Human, Holy, and differently.
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Additional info for A Time to Speak: Speeches by Jack Reed
I always had people come up afterwards and say how much they appreciated what I had to say,” Reed recalls. “They wanted to speak out, but they couldn’t for whatever reasons. There wasn’t much of that in northeast Mississippi that I know of, but the Citizens’ Council was strong in Jackson and in the Delta. ” That is not to suggest that all of Reed’s thoughts, words, and deeds were welcomed with open arms by the general populace of Tupelo and northeast Mississippi. Indeed, they were not. Still, Reed’s region of Mississippi—predominantly white—was not as bitterly entrenched in its resentment toward the desegregation of schools, churches, and businesses as other areas around the state.
He got more than he bargained for, however, when he was elected 44 1971: Christian Testimony for Improved Human Relations a delegate to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference to be held later that summer at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. While there, Reed would be elected to another new United Methodist body, the Commission on Religion and Race—the only white layman from the Southeast to serve on what would become a panel of thirty-two members that also included ministers and other members of the laity from around the country.
Of course, Jesus didn’t suit his times. He suited no times. He came to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for man—for those who neither appreciated or understood. For you, yes! And for me, too! For black, yellow, red, and white. Reed knew better than anyone that his words were being received coolly at best. No one was discourteous; there were no demonstrations or disruptions. Neither, though, was he interrupted by applause. Always and forever the optimist, Reed plowed ahead with his white man’s attempt to offer hope to his all-black audience during a time when few cared enough to even try.