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 favourite businessman and taking management roles in schooling, race kinfolk, fiscal and group improvement, or even church governance. not often one to stick to the established order, Reed constantly brought his speeches with a wide dose of fine cheer. His audiences, even though, didn't continually reciprocate, particularly 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 kingdom, 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 family members inside of his church, his deep involvement in schooling together with his shut good friend 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 swap. 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 another way.
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Still, Reed’s region of Mississippi—predominantly white—was not as bitterly entrenched in its resentment toward the desegregation of schools, churches, and businesses as other areas around the state. The Citizens’ Council movement that was prevalent in the Mississippi Delta, the Jackson area, and many other places around the state was impotent in Tupelo. It existed there, to be sure, but was for the most part inactive and no match for the strong civic leadership that had emerged throughout the immediate region.
S. Highway 78 from (now defunct) Mississippi Industrial College, another all-black institution of higher learning on the north side of Holly Springs. The student body at Rust was beginning to become extremely active in the civil rights movement, and in the next few years many of its members would join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Some of the homes just across the street to the south of the campus would soon become places of refuge for workers from the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), a group that included members of SNCC, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NA ACP), and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
For Reed, the suggestion of restraint and reason was hardly new. He was, after all, one of a growing number of “moderates” in Mississippi, considered by many of the state’s power brokers the most dangerous threat to the status quo of segregation. He was willing to look at all sides of any issue or argument, consider the various viewpoints, make a decision, then go forward. “I don’t like controversy,” he says. “I really don’t. But I don’t 36 1965: Strong Words for Fellow Methodists avoid it if I think there’s a problem that needs to be addressed.