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Our hair is more than our pride—it is our crown. Like any other crown that deserves honor, our tresses should be celebrated, our curls should be respected, and our braids should be worn without the worry of discrimination.
Thanks to the signing of The CROWN Act—a law created to ban discrimination against natural hair in workplaces and schools— we are getting closer to our truth being protected.
As we approach the 1st anniversary of The CROWN Act being signed, we are proud to announce the introduction of National CROWN Day on July 3, 2020!
So, what is National CROWN Day? National CROWN Day, also known as Black Hair Independence Day, will be a day of solidarity for the human rights of Black men, women, and children to wear their natural hair boldly and proudly, without the fear of being discriminated against in school or the workplace.
Created by The CROWN Coalition (a national alliance founded by Dove, National Urban League, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and Color Of Change), the day encourages you to join the movement and amplify the message.
Do you want to participate in amplifying the natural hair movement? Here is what you can do to celebrate National CROWN Day (July 3):
Important Facts To Know About The CROWN Act:
- The CROWN Act stands for "Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair."
- First introduced in California (January 2019) by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (District 30), the law prohibits discrimination based on hair textures and hairstyles (i.e. Afros and protective hairstyles like braids, locs, twists, and knots).
- The CROWN Act (SB 188) expanded the definition of race in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Education Code to ensure protection against race-based hair discrimination in workplaces and K-12 public and charter schools.
- The inaugural CROWN Act was signed into law by Governor Newsom in California on July 3, 2019. It went into effect on January 1, 2020.
- Six additional states have since joined California in passing the CROWN Act to ensure legal recourse against race-based hair discrimination.
- More than twenty (20) other states have introduced The CROWN Act.
To learn more about The CROWN Act and The CROWN Coalition, visit their website.
Share on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook why it is important to #PassTheCROWN in all 50 states. For additional details, follow @theCROWNAct.
Sign The Petition
Help the CROWN Coalition end hair discrimination in the workplace and schools by adding your signature to the petition.
Send A Letter
Send a letter to your state and federal legislators using this template on Dove.com.
Have Fun Celebrating Your beautiful afros, dreadlocks, twists, locks, braids, and other protective styles!
The CROWN Coalition will host several virtual events on July 3rd to commemorate the special day. Visit their website for more details.
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