Dr. Raushannee R. Thompson, a Lugoff native, was recently awarded the Living the Legacy Award by the Columbia S.C. section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). The NCNW was founded in 1935 and has the mission to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. The Living the Legacy award was given in recognition of Thompson’s "worthwhile service to humanity."
"It really was an honor, I was very ecstatic and speechless," said Thompson of receiving the award.
Thompson has served her community in many ways over the years. While living in Lugofff, Thomson cared for senior citizens in her neighborhood.
"I was involved with helping senior citizens in Lugoff, taking care of the elderly … I wasn’t married at the time so I was able to do this," said Thompson.
After moving from Lugoff to Columbia, she was selected to serve as the president of the Jagger Terrace community. She used her position to assist local youth by founding Community Focus Youth Group Inc. under the Richardson Foundation Center for Social Change.
"When I started the non-profit I thought that it would be a good way to keep children out of trouble," said Thompson.
Serving the community runs in Thompson’s family.
"I believe that I got that from my father, the late James T. Richardson," said Thompson of her community leadership skills. Thompson recalls watching her father lead community meetings when she was younger. "They (community leaders) were always at those community meetings saying what was needed for the community," said Thompson.
Thompson kept her ties to Lugoff through her service at Unity United Methodist Church. She currently serves at the church as the chair of Evangelism under the leadership of Dr. Rev. Augustus Rodgers.
Other achievements of Thompson’s includes being selected to serve on the Governor’s Council of Women and serving on the board of directors for Miss America Kimberly Aiken’s Homeless Café.
Thompson is the mother of five children and two adopted children and is married to Nathanial Thompson.