As a student at Stillman College, she became involved in many activities, even being crowned Miss Stillman. But still Rhonda Bennett (maiden Richardson) still had one major obstacle to overcome: herself.In "Momma, I Wanna be Light-skinned: My Journey to Acceptance," Bennett discusses how the deep hue of her skin was problematic for her as a child and even how her insecurities over her color trickled into various aspects of her adult life.


The funny thing is that I never knew Rhonda had a complex over her dark skin.  As a matter of fact, I remember when I used to look at her and think, "It must be nice to be dark like that where blemishes don't show." She just had the prettiest skin to me! It always looked soft and moisturized.  In addition, her white teeth always looked brighter than everyone else's because of the contrast.

To learn that she used to be bothered by her tone proved two things to me: 1) We're never usually completely aware of how we're viewed by others, and 2) We never really know what is going on inside another person's mind.

Never the less, I am extremely proud of Rhonda Bennett for sharing her story. I'm sure it's going to help others with the same complex.