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 relatives, fiscal and neighborhood improvement, or even church governance. not often one to persist with the established order, Reed continually introduced his speeches with a wide dose of excellent cheer. His audiences, although, didn't constantly reciprocate, specifically 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 talents led him to management roles at country, neighborhood, and nationwide levels--including the presidency of the Mississippi fiscal 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 relatives inside of his church, his deep involvement in schooling along with his shut buddy Governor William iciness and with President George H. W. Bush, and his personal crusade for governor as a Republican in 1987. Danny McKenzie areas this unique fabric in old context. A Time to talk illustrates how a personal citizen with braveness can influence confident swap. 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 in a different way.
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Extra resources for A Time to Speak: Speeches by Jack Reed
Policemen assassinated for no reason at all . . black people hating white people and vice versa . . What’s the answer to all this? Maybe part of the answer is right here in our church. Look around you; I don’t see any revolutionaries, hijackers, Black Panthers, or Ku Klux Klansmen. I see a group of decent human beings—not perfect by any means—but fundamentally responsible, concerned, and (I hope) tolerant people trying with all our faults to be better people. That’s why we come to church, isn’t it?
At first, they met “sub rosa” to avoid the attacks that were sure to come and did come from Citizens’ Councils, certain newspapers, and other individuals and organizations. They sought to do only one thing: keep the public schools open for all children! At the time they were called communists, integrationists, and what have you. But today, no school has been closed. We have come a long way because a few women with a Christian concern for the education of children spoke out in time, when it was unpopular to do so.
Willie Frances Coleman in El Dorado, Arkansas, read Reed’s address in the Advocate and wrote: “It is one of the best statements I have seen on the obligation of Christian citizens in Mississippi. . ” Katie B. Rogers from nearby New Albany, Mississippi, had attended the conference meeting in Tupelo, and she wrote Reed: “I was so glad to hear you speak, as I have noted your stand on the Civil Rights issues for some time now . . S. House of Representatives who had lost his seat because of his moderate position on race relations, it was a tall compliment.
A Time to Speak: Speeches by Jack Reed by Danny McKenzie