William Goins (BA 1984) has received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts from State of South Carolina. In April, 2008, he also received the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, an annual award presented by the South Carolina General Assembly.
An author, activist, educator, recording artist, community leader, crafts artist, Will Moreau Goins is an active member of the state's arts community. In the tradition of Iroquois and Cherokee orators, Goins is a well-known and requested presenter. "As our most requested speaker, Dr. Goins reached thousands of South Carolinians, from students to senior citizens, presenting on a variety of folk heritage and humanities topics...Dr. Goins is an excellent historian, a strong speaker, and a passionate advocate of the arts," added Randy Ankers, executive director of the SC Humanities Council.
"Goins's knowledge is deep and his professionalism in unmatched..I can think of no more worthy recipient for this award than Dr. Will Moreau Goins," stated Ed Bolt, site manager, Pickens County Museum Hagood Historic Site.
Goins has dedicated his life honoring all his ancestors and preserving, presenting and performing Native American music traditions, beadwork and storytelling. "He is an accomplished artist a tireless community activist and certainly a constant promoter of art. He is, in my view, a valuable asset to the state of South Carolina, his Native people, and the arts," said Rep. Joseph H. Neal of South Carolina's general assembly.