The CROWN Act

Sharon Keyser

Posted on July 03 2021

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"Goddess" © Sleeveless Top and "Let Me Adjust My Crown" © Sleeveless Top

 

Have you heard of the CROWN Act?  CROWN stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” and it is a national movement led by a coalition founded by Dove, the National Urban League, Color of Change and the Western Center on Law and Poverty.  The Act makes race-based hair discrimination in schools and in the workplace illegal, and several states have adopted it as law.  Today, July 3rd, is officially "National CROWN Day".  

MANY times, I have heard sisters say that they needed to straighten their coils before attending an event where they needed to look professional.  I too at one time wondered how I would be perceived when I "dared" to go on a job interview sporting a curly, natural "do", however, I wanted to be seen in an authentic way so I decided to go with it.  

It's almost unimaginable that this movement is even necessary, but this is the world we live in and I'm glad that the issue of race-based hair discrimination is receiving attention.  The CROWN Act has yet to reach widespread acceptance though.  To date, only thirteen states have passed the bill so there's still work to be done.

To learn more about the CROWN Coalition, find out if your state has passed the law, and sign the petition, click here.  Let's help to make a change. 

  

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