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 relatives, monetary and neighborhood improvement, or even church governance.

Hardly one to stick to the established order, Reed consistently introduced his speeches with a wide dose of fine cheer. His audiences, although, didn't consistently 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 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 Speak 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 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 areas this unique fabric in ancient context. A Time to Speak illustrates how a personal citizen with braveness can impression confident change.

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