A Time to Speak: Speeches by Jack Reed by Danny McKenzie

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 admired businessman and taking management roles in schooling, race family members, financial and neighborhood improvement, or even church governance. hardly ever one to stick with the established order, Reed constantly added his speeches with a wide dose of fine cheer. His audiences, even though, didn't continuously 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, local, 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 family members inside of his church, his deep involvement in schooling together 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 locations this unique fabric in historic context. A Time to talk illustrates how a personal citizen with braveness can impact confident swap. Danny McKenzie, a veteran Mississippi newspaper columnist, is the assistant to the president for advertising and improvement at Blue Mountain university. he's the writer of issues of the Spirit: Human, Holy, and in a different way.

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Nuts and revolutionaries continue to hijack planes full of innocent people . . 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.

But it was a time to speak. Today, of all times, we must learn to respect our fellow man. If we are to be of service to God in making this a Christian world, respect may not come too easy sometimes but it is a clearly defined Christian responsibility. Of course, we cannot talk about respecting our fellow man in 1956 without getting into the subject of race relations. Indeed, I think it would be almost impossible for a Negro to address a white student body in Mississippi today, or for a white person to address a Negro student body without his audience wondering how he stands on segregation!

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.

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