Originally from Ethiopia, Miriam Tigist Green, 4, was adopted by Emory professor Clifton Green and his wife in 2005. Dad Clifton and mom Jennifer initially were uncertain what to do with Miriam's hair after bringing her home. They considered just letting it go, as a sign of freedom. They wanted others to accept her, regardless of her looks. The couple believed that Miriam's hair was a strong link to her African roots, so they ultimately chose to neaten it the way they saw in many African-American families. Her father applies his weekly loving touch. His care and attention to detail show mastery of a task few white men ever contemplate.