On an escalator going up, a woman smiles at the camera. Behind her, her adult son does the same.
Leveter and Gladys together. Photo by Sue Dorfman

This poem was written by the one and only Gladys C. Whitmyer, My Mother. You can often find her moderating the Black history program at her local church where she has always been in good standing — praising, teaching, preaching, and enlightening folks about the gospel of Christ! She is a missionary in her own right, representing her life!

I’m A Woman of Color
By Gladys Whitmyer-Taylor

I’m a woman of color, with visions dashing back and forth in my head.
I’m a woman of color so wonderfully made by my Lord and Savior.
I’m a woman of color, and I love to hear the sounds of the quiet outdoors.
I’m a woman of color, and I come from parents who fought for their right to freedom.
I’m a woman of color, my people told me of their perils of pain, struggles, and tribulations so long ago.
I’m a woman of color, and of average size.
I’m a woman of color, with hair matted like still wool and skin that glows like coal.
I’m a woman of color, with so many endeavors in life to conquer.
I’m a woman of color, and I’m very special, ’cause I was made by the most High!
I’m a woman of color, so wonderfully made.
I’m a woman of color, with an unspeakable form.
For you see this is a new season for me with new beginnings.
Remember I was wonderfully made by the most High!

I’M A WOMAN OF COLOR!!!


Levester Green is an artist and vendor for Street Sense Media.