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, monetary and group improvement, or even church governance. not often one to stick with the established order, Reed regularly introduced his speeches with a wide dose of excellent cheer. His audiences, even though, didn't continuously 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 abilities led him to management roles at country, neighborhood, and nationwide levels--including the presidency of the Mississippi financial 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 along with his shut pal 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 confident 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 resources for A Time to Speak: Speeches by Jack Reed
E. J. Watson of Leland; C. T. Carley of Starkville; and J. T. “Bud” Young of Maben. 45 1971: Christian Testimony for Improved Human Relations It was this group of white leaders that sat down with the leaders of the all-black Upper Mississippi Conference and began discussing opportunities and challenges inherent in such a historical union. Reed is quick to point out that while much of the opposition to the merger came from the Mississippi Delta, there was resistance from churches all around the state, including 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.
Jim Waits, the former pastor of Epworth Methodist Church in Biloxi, who was in graduate school at the University of Chicago, wrote to Reed: “I wish that I could have been on hand to hear it at Galloway Church. It certainly puts the issues facing the church in Mississippi unequivocally, and I’m sure it will have far-reaching results. . Please note that our thoughts are with you in times 41 1965: Strong Words for Fellow Methodists which are frequently trying. ” The Reverend George M. Curry, associate publisher at The Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee, and a former Mississippi preacher, wrote Reed that he was “grateful to you for a clear and trenchant statement, which should prove to be encouraging to Mississippi Methodists in the days ahead.