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 famous businessman and taking management roles in schooling, race kinfolk, financial and group improvement, or even church governance. rarely one to stick with the established order, Reed regularly added his speeches with a wide dose of fine cheer. His audiences, notwithstanding, didn't constantly reciprocate, specially 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 abilities led him to management roles at nation, 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 his church, his deep involvement in schooling together with his shut buddy 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 historic context. A Time to talk illustrates how a personal citizen with braveness can impact confident 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 issues of the Spirit: Human, Holy, and differently.
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We can witness in terms this generation can understand. 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.
Now, the Citizens’ Council would probably consider me an integrationist. The NAACP would probably consider me a segregationist. Like some of you I believe there exists support for both, but neither is wholly correct. This I know: many whites are prejudiced. This I also believe: many Negroes are prejudiced as well. Both of us should try and put ourselves in the other’s shoes! You say it is impossible for me to know how a Negro feels. Perhaps. I’ll agree that you get more than your share of prejudice.
Then in the service I really became conscious of prejudice when we enlisted men were denied admittance to restaurants in Australia. But perhaps what made the greatest impact on me was that after the war blacks were still denied admittance to movies, restrooms, restaurants, libraries, and other public places. Even after they’d served our country just like I had. It just didn’t make sense. ” His passion for this change became evident on June 10, 1965, 17 1965: Witnessing on Race Relations at the annual conference of the North Mississippi Methodist Church held in his hometown of Tupelo and in his home church, First Methodist.