After Juneteenth, we hardly feel the need to celebrate the Fourth of July, right? Well, luckily, there’s another important holiday to acknowledge: National CROWN Day!
July 3rd marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of the CROWN Act in California, the first state to sign the act into law. The CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) seeks to provide protection against discrimination on Black hairstyles or hair textures in schools and the workplace.
The groundbreaking legislation was introduced by Californian Senator Holly J. Mitchell and signed by Governor Gavin Newsome, marking the beginning of a movement that has shifted the national conversation to the issues of Black hair in the workplace. So, today is the perfect opportunity to stand in solidarity with Black people and their right to wear their natural hair without fear of discrimination.
Since the signing in California, the CROWN Act has been passed into law by six additional states (Virginia, New York, Maryland, Washington, Colorado, and New Jersey) and two municipalities (Montgomery County, Md. and Cincinnati, Ohio).
Delaware, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania are currently considering the act, too. And while many other states failed to make much progress on the bill, there’s hope at the federal level. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Cory Booker and Representative Cedric Richmond.
So how can you celebrate this holiday? Take a moment to spread awareness about the movement. Use this as an opportunity to visit the Crown Act’s website to learn more about the movement. Use the hashtag #PassTheCrown on social media and sign the petition on its website to encourage every state to put an end to hair discrimination.
And don’t worry, the great minds behind the CROWN Act are well aware that there are plenty of other forms of racial discrimination out there. That’s why the CROWN Coalition – which was founded by Dove, National Urban League, Western Center on Law & Poverty and Color of Change – announced its plans to broaden its focus to dismantling systemic racism in general. To reflect this change, the organization adjusted its acronym to Creating a Respectful and Open World With No Racism.
Dove has even pledged $5 million in financial support to keep the ball of progress rolling.
So today, we recommend that you wear your natural hair proudly, whether it’s in a fro, twists, locs or braids. Sign the petition, spread the word, and #PassTheCrown.
Learn more about how you can support the CROWN Act by visiting www.thecrownact.com.