Before-word: There’s a day for that?! Oh yes there is! Why? FACT—“Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair”.
National Crown Day commemorates the inaugural signing of the first CROWN Act legislation, which passed in California on July 3, 2019. The CROWN Act stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.”
My Hair, My Roots, My Crown©
It’s my style
It’s the epitome of the expression of self
It’s rooted in my history
It’s the connector with my ancestry
It speaks for me
It’s the tenet of my collective story
It defines who I am
It’s the liberation of my identity
It classifies me
It’s the evolving of my destiny
It changes with me
It’s the expression of my ideology
It identifies my lineage
It’s the preservation of my hair-a-tage
I am my hair
My hair is undisputedly, ME
After-word: The Crown Act is a law that prohibits discrimination based on hairstyle and hair texture. Currently 7 states have passed it (including California, New York, New Jersey, Washington). Cincinnati and Montgomery County in Maryland have adopted the law. Nine states are currently considering it (they include Georgia, Kansas, Connecticut, Louisiana). This means it’s legal in most states to discriminate against someone simply because they wear their hair in an Afro, locs, braids, or any other traditionally Black hairstyles.
To act in solidarity against hair discrimination you can use the hashtag #PassTheCrown on social media. And, you can sign the petition—click HERE—to encourage all states to pass the Crown Act and make hair discrimination illegal everywhere.
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