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. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in these columns are those of Michael Goings, the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of The Dillon Herald. He is solely responsible for the content of these articles.

How To Succeed In A Place Like Dillon

One of the statements that I often hear from people who were brought up in Dillon and moved away (due to the lack of employment or career opportunities, cultural or entertainment establishments, and other perks and desirables) is “there is nothing in Dillon for me.”

Contending To Be A Catalyst Of Constructive Change

As we enter into a brand new year, which will bring even more challenges and conflicts to our culture and country that is already beset by many intractable problems, each of us must give some serious thought to how we, as individuals, can help to remedy the problems and perplexities that have reached epidemic, or perhaps even pandemic proportions.

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

I do not know when you will have the opportunity to read this material, whether it be before or after New Year’s Day; however, the things I am going to say here has to do with the reasons why the overwhelming majority of resolutions made by people concerning the New Year are never realized.  

Mitchell McKinley: The Quiet Man Who Made A Big Impact

We recently lost one of our most successful African-American entrepreneurs.  In my estimation, he was in a class by himself due to his great achievements as a businessman, church steward, and community involvement.  Regrettably, we (in the African American community of Dillon County) cannot boast or lay claim to having produced but a minute few men in the caliber of Mitchell McKinley.

John Roundtree: A Man Larger Than Life

Occasionally, I come upon a story that is moving, remarkable, and worthy of sharing with others.  

Better Half

I constantly hear husbands and men refer to their “better half.”  Many married men use this informal term to reference their wives.  

The White Presence In Newtown

Although it may be difficult to grasp now, there was once a time when many white people lived in New Town.  From all indications, whites were some of the first residents of New Town.  

Growing Old In Newtown

In my previous article, I shared my intentions to present to you some excerpts from my forthcoming autobiographical book, “Growing Old in New Town,” that is scheduled to be released this fall.  

Beyond the Hallowed Walls

Perhaps everyone needs some time of relaxing or lounging when they have nothing to do, but what they want to do (as long as it is not illegal, immoral, or intrudes upon the privacy and right of others).  On this particular morning (the day of this writing), I fully intended to do just that.

Part II: What Has Become Of The Dream?

In the first installment of this article, we considered some of the major things that have transpired in the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.