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 kinfolk, monetary and group improvement, or even church governance. hardly ever one to keep on with the established order, Reed consistently introduced his speeches with a wide dose of excellent cheer. His audiences, even though, didn't continuously reciprocate, specially 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 kingdom, 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 of his church, his deep involvement in schooling together with his shut pal 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 ancient context. A Time to talk illustrates how a personal citizen with braveness can impression confident swap. Danny McKenzie, a veteran Mississippi newspaper columnist, is the assistant to the president for advertising and marketing and improvement at Blue Mountain university. he's the writer of concerns of the Spirit: Human, Holy, and differently.
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In every case, I sincerely believe that the basic decisions were not emotional or economic, but were, rather, the result of conscientious citizens applying the dual test of morality and reason, and being willing to take the consequences for their decisions. I believe in this test myself and, frankly, it is not always easy to determine when reason takes over from morality, or vice versa. Fortunately, the Christian will seldom find the two in conflict. What is needed to apply the test is an open heart and an open mind.
He knew all too well that many disagreed with him on race relations, even some of those fellow members at Tupelo First Methodist. There were many, though, who were supportive. “My good friend, M. B. Swayze [then executive director of the Mississippi Economic Council], said he thought I’d given a nice speech even though he really didn’t think God needed our help,” Reed says with a chuckle. “But the response I got from that first Methodist talk was quite different from the MEC speech a couple of years earlier.
Many in each of the Mississippi Methodist conferences who had wanted to speak out on the same issues but had not were now emboldened by Rogers and Reed. The Independent Methodists had little to say—there were few of them, if any, at the Action Crusade—but the responses Reed received were plentiful and positive. “Judging from the letters I got, and I got a good many from all around, I would have to say my remarks were extremely well received,” Reed says. In a letter to Reed, Bishop Pendergrass wrote: “We believe that the success of this meeting, and certainly think nothing but that it was a major success, was stemmed by you and Mr.