Category: Michael Goings’ Columns

The personal reflections and commentary of Bishop Michael Goings, a well-known pastor and author, on local, state, national, and international issues

Important Lessons We Are Learning From The Coronavirus

In my column today, I am going to follow-up on what I shared on last week, due to the fact that we are engaged in a war with an invisible enemy in the form of this plague called the coronavirus.

The Five Most Eventful Occurrences That Advanced Blacks In Dillon County

In my final installment of articles commemorating Black History Month, I am going to bring your attention to what I and quite a few other history buffs, students, and even one very prominent scholar consider as the five most eventful occurrences that advanced African-Americans in Dillon County.

Confronting the Reality and Scare of the Coronavirus

I would have never imagined that one day I would write a piece in my weekly column about a plague that would be so potentially threatening and have an adverse effect on most of the known world.

Five Important Reasons Why African-Americans Should Vote

When my son and I walked into the American Legion Hut (where we vote in my district of Dillon County) on February 29, 2020 to cast our ballets for our choice of who we wanted to represent us in the Presidential election in November, my Christian conviction forbid me from calling it pride, but I felt a sense of great joy and satisfaction with him accompanying me to cast his ballot.

Do Black Lives Matter To Black People?

I recently was given the very difficult assignment of presiding and being the one who would bring words of comfort to a bereaved family.

Strong Black Mothers Who Sustained Their Bereaved Children

Today, I am going to continue my focus on matriarchs from a local perspective who were strong and courageous in their ability to hold their families together after their husbands died or their children’s father became dead-beat dads who made no effort to support their children.

Those Amazing African-American Matriarchs

Since this is officially Black History Month (that was started by historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson back in 1926), I am going to start this month off by focusing my attention and emphasis on a subject that is, in my estimation, one of the most essential elements of the African-American culture and experience in the history of this nation.

My Opinion On Justice And Capital Punishment

I am going to use my column today to make some comments on justice and the death sentence and how these two things must be considered in the public discourse, if we are going to mete out sentences in a just and nondiscriminatory way.

Problems and Perplexities That Seem Unsolvable

With the beginning of a new year, as well as a new decade, in many aspects of life (that range from the personal to the collective) there are things that are very problematic and even foreboding that are looming over us like dark clouds before a torrential downpour.

Common New Year’s Resolutions That People Make

Now that we have officially entered the year of 2020, I want to consider and comment on a few of the common resolutions that many people have made concerning the new year.