Finally, our voices have been heard. The CROWN Act, is a step closer to becoming law.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the CROWN Act (which is an acronym for Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) after the bill was introduced by Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-Louisiana) nine months ago.
It’s a shame that we as a community have to fight for something that should automatically be a human right, but we are incredibly thankful for the founders, along with over 70 CROWN Act organizations, for creating awareness of this bill.
“The federal CROWN Act of 2020 is an important and overdue step toward achieving civil rights and economic equity in this country,” said Arisha Hatch, the vice president of Color of Change, in a press release. “Ridding our schools, workplaces and communities of hostile hairstyle discrimination and racist practices will finally grant Black children with natural hairstyles the education, dignity, and employment opportunities they were unjustly robbed of. Color of Change applauds Congressman Richmond for his unwavering leadership in driving this bill to passage, and we thank our partners in the CROWN Coalition for their lasting commitment to ensuring that natural beauty is protected for all Americans, no matter the state they live in or the color of their skin.”
The CROWN Act will provide legal protection from hair discrimination of natural hair textures and hairstyles such as twists, braids, locs and knots. This legislation was put together to demonstrate behaviors that value and respect Black people in school and work environments. It all started in July of 2019, when Governor Newson of California signed the CROWN Act into law, which would go into effect the following year, January 1, 2020. So far, the act has been passed in seven states (CA, NY, NJ, VA, WA, MD) and two municipalities (Cincinnati, OH and Montgomery County, MD). Twenty-four states have since introduced the legislation. And now, the bill is making its way to the U.S. Senate.
“A federal bill is exactly what is needed to address the racial injustice of hair discrimination on a national level,” said Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and CEO of the National Urban League, a founding member of the CROWN Coalition.
“With the passing of The CROWN Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, we now must put pressure on the Senate to pass this legislation and expand anti-discrimination protections to include hair texture and hairstyles inherent to race.”
Go to www.TheCROWNAct.com to sign the petition to help us put a stop to unjust treatment within work and school environments and request that the U.S. Senate passes the CROWN Act of 2020.