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When a little boy laughed at African-American astronaut Mae Jemison's short hair

Mar 03, 2019 - Chicago Sun-Times

A book about the first African-American female astronaut, it seemed an appropriate and timely story for our usual reading hour for a group of African-American schoolchildren.

It would turn out to be an unplanned teachable moment on black love and self-hate - and proof of how far we've come as a people and yet, how far we still need to go.

I held up the book recently as the children sat on the carpet. I flashed the  cover, emblazoned with a smiling Mae Jemison. I was ready to laun...