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