Piggly Wiggly story a Gullah case study

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 8, 2014 

Your paper's coverage of manager Donald Goodwine and the closing of Piggly Wiggly on Boundary Street in Beaufort was welcomed. Thank you for paying attention to a man whose management style reflects a culture -- Gullah -- that too many take for granted and do not know.

If ever another case example of the culture divide among us exists, Donald Goodwine's management style and example of what it means to be a man, a model and a leader, is it. Goodwine's presence at Piggly Wiggly was a present -- a gift on a corner that used to be part of the Gullah community. Yes, he was "we family."

I am familiar with Goodwine's background. His mother and I were classmates at Robert Smalls High School.

When we are challenged by those who say that men like Goodwine do not live up to expectations, we must ask: "Who are we?"

No wonder there is a crying need for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor organization and its need to uncover a rural heritage that is rich with lessons. Men like Goodwine -- and there are many in Beaufort -- are case studies that deserve the coverage you have given. You are appreciated for that.

Delo E. Washington


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