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 family, financial and group improvement, or even church governance. infrequently one to persist with the established order, Reed constantly introduced his speeches with a wide dose of fine cheer. His audiences, notwithstanding, didn't regularly 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 country, 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 family members 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 ancient context. A Time to talk illustrates how a personal citizen with braveness can influence optimistic 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 another way.
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Additional resources for A Time to Speak: Speeches by Jack Reed
Reed’s popularity as a public speaker in Mississippi had grown immensely over the years. His good humor and positive outlook combined with his forthright approach to addressing serious and complex issues had churches and civic groups from around the state inviting him to their luncheons, dinners and meetings of all sorts. It was hard for him to say no, though it required time away from his family, which had grown to include four children, and from his family business, which included a manufacturing plant as well as department stores in Tupelo and Columbus.
So, while I officially represent no one, perhaps unofficially I represent those “whose heart is as my heart” on these accounts. Frankly, I believe this to be a considerable number of our membership, and I will try to speak for them in a responsible way. Upon examination, I have realized that Methodism’s “mistakes” have resulted primarily from its fundamental Christian concerns, from its broadminded tolerance, from its sense of responsibility to and for others, and not from a doctrine of distrust and exclusiveness.
Like the response to his 1963 MEC speech, letters came in from every corner of Mississippi and elsewhere. Their words underscored some of the first words of his speech—that while he was officially representing no one, he was indeed unofficially representing many Methodists, inside Mississippi’s borders and out. 40 1965: Strong Words for Fellow Methodists The Reverend Homer Peden of Court Street Methodist Church in Hattiesburg wrote to Reed: “I believe you did us an invaluable service and that your optimism and progressive attitude will be contagious.
A Time to Speak: Speeches by Jack Reed by Danny McKenzie