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 well-known businessman and taking management roles in schooling, race family, fiscal and group improvement, or even church governance. infrequently one to keep on with the established order, Reed consistently brought his speeches with a wide dose of excellent cheer. His audiences, although, didn't consistently reciprocate, particularly in his early years while 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 nation, nearby, 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 kin inside of his church, his deep involvement in schooling together 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 areas this unique fabric in old context. A Time to talk illustrates how a personal citizen with braveness can impression optimistic switch. Danny McKenzie, a veteran Mississippi newspaper columnist, is the assistant to the president for advertising and improvement at Blue Mountain collage. he's the writer of concerns of the Spirit: Human, Holy, and differently.
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Additional info for A Time to Speak: Speeches by Jack Reed
There are ways to disagree without being disagreeable. ” And for Reed, there was always his one standard that would serve him well in whatever endeavor he found himself involved with: “I always tried to apply the dual test of morality and reason. I’ve done that all my life. I don’t know when I started using that, but as far back as I can remember I’ve tried to apply it to everything I do. ” It was in that light that Reed spoke to the hundreds of Mississippi Methodists gathered on that fall day at Galloway for the Action Crusade.
Old time imagery and platitudes, expressions and phrases, though dear to many of us, simply do not reach the young people of today; it is our responsibility as churchmen to make the effort to reach them and not require that they adjust to us. Even then, he could not leave the issue of race out of his remarks. “I guess I was always slipping it in there,” he says. ” Reed closed his remarks to the annual conference on a personal basis. Though he says he’s not particularly fond of “witnessing” from the pulpit, he left little doubt that spring day in 1965 as to his feelings for his church: As to what the Methodist Church means to me, I am sure I am unaware of much of the effect that it has had; but its broad, social concerns have certainly influenced my thinking and actions during the forty years I have been exposed to First Church Tupelo.
Reed’s words were more than “marching orders” to his friends and associates in business and industry throughout Mississippi; they were his personal guidelines as well. As the MEC continued to grow and indeed become more influential in matters of the state, so too did Reed’s voice become stronger, clearer, and more influential. For the next fifty-plus years, he would continue to speak out on business leadership, race relations, his church, and most of all on his passion, public education. In 1980, Governor William Winter would appoint him chair of the Special Committee on Public School Finance and Administration, and later the first chair of the newly revised—and all lay member—Mississippi Board of Education.
A Time to Speak: Speeches by Jack Reed by Danny McKenzie