The CROWN Act Of 2019 Calls For Federal Protection Against Hair Discrimination To Ensure All Natural Beauty Is Welcome In All Workplaces And Schools
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., The CROWN Coalition, a national alliance of organizations working to advance anti-hair discrimination legislation, is celebrating a major victory with the introduction of a federal bill to ban hair discrimination called The CROWN Act of 2019. The CROWN Coalition, founded by Dove, National Urban League, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and Color Of Change, and supported by over 50 NGOs and non-profit organizations, have been working to raise awareness for the issue of hair discrimination and to drive action to end hair discrimination in workplaces and schools. The announcement of a federal bill, led by Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-Louisiana) and Senator Corey Booker (D-New Jersey), is a monumental milestone in the Coalition’s efforts to Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.
“Hair discrimination has been a problematic practice impacting Black people in multiple settings for far too long. Natural hair and protective styles should never serve as a barrier.”
“We in Congress have acted, and together with a racial equity champion like Adjoa B. Asamoah and the CROWN Coalition, we can ensure this form of discrimination no longer goes unchecked.”Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-Louisiana)
“Dove is incredibly proud to be a force in the movement towards a more equitable beauty experience for all people. We were inspired to co-found the CROWN Coalition to support Senator Holly Mitchell in California with the inaugural CROWN Act, and are excited to see other state and federal legislators recognizing the time is now to take action to end this form of discrimination.”
“We salute Congressman Richmond and Senator Booker, and the other members of the Congressional Black Caucus who are co-sponsoring The CROWN Act of 2019, for leading the charge to end hair discrimination nationwide.”Esi Eggleston Bracey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever North America
“A federal bill in both chambers of Congress is exactly what is needed to address the racial injustice of hair discrimination on a national level.”
“With the passing of The CROWN Act in California and New York and more than 10 other states taking action to introduce or pre-file similar legislation, there is a heightened awareness of the need to expand anti-discrimination protections to include hair texture and hairstyles inherent to race. Federal legislation would eliminate the need for state-by-state legislation and would immediately break down systemic barriers that limit social and economic mobility of African-Americans based on Eurocentric standards of beauty.”Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and CEO of the National Urban League, a founding member of the CROWN Coalition.
“The federal CROWN Act of 2019 is an important and overdue step toward achieving civil rights and economic equity in this country.”
“Ridding our schools, workplaces, and communities of hostile hairstyle discrimination will finally allow children of color to view themselves as deserving of every opportunity they’ve seen handed to their white peers for generations. On behalf of our 1.7 million members, Color Of Change applauds Congressman Richmond and Senator Booker for their leadership in introducing this bill, 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.”Arisha Hatch, Color Of Change Vice President
The CROWN Act of 2019 is not the first time federal lawmakers have taken action against grooming policies that have a disparate impact on people of color. In 2014, the Congressional Black Caucus, led by then Chairwoman Rep. Marcia Fudge, appealed to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider U.S. Military rules for hairstyles that lacked cultural sensitivity and gave little regard to what it takes for women of color to maintain their natural hair. As a result, military grooming standards were reviewed and adjusted to ensure fair and respectful consideration of a diverse force.
“As reports of racial discrimination at work and in schools are increasing, it is essential that lawmakers recognize where more protections against it can, and should be, strengthened.”
“We are so grateful to Senator Booker, Congressman Richmond and the Congressional Black Caucus for their leadership on this issue and are eager to continue the work with other CROWN Act coalition members and allies until all workers and all pupils in our country are free from cultural and racial discrimination based on the texture or style of their hair. Passing this Act is an essential step to reducing school pushout of black children and improving job opportunities for black workers.”Jessica Bartholow of the Western Center on Law and Poverty
Join the movement that’s creating real change and aiding in the efforts to ensure Black men, women, and children feel confident in expressing themselves. Sign the petition here to help us end discrimination and learn how you can get involved in bringing anti-hair discrimination legislation to your state.
About The CROWN Coalition
The CROWN Coalition is a national alliance founded by Dove, National Urban League, Color Of Change, Western Center on Law & Poverty.
The CROWN Coalition is proud to sponsor and/or support the following bills in California, New York, and New Jersey:
- Sponsor of CA Senate Bill 188 ‘The CROWN Act’ introduced by Senator Holly J. Mitchell
- Supporter of NY S6209A and A7797A introduced by NY State Senator Jamaal T. Bailey and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright, respectively
- Supporter of NJ Senate Bill 3945 and A5564 introduced by NJ State Senator Sandra B. Cunningham and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, respectively
These bills address unfair grooming policies that have a disparate impact on Black women, men, and children and has drawn attention to cultural and racial discrimination taking place within workplaces and public schools. The CROWN Coalition members believe diversity and inclusion are key drivers of the success of social and economic success.
The CROWN Coalition and The CROWN Act are supported by the following organizations:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women), African American Mayors Association, Black Women’s Agenda, National Council of Negro Women, Black Women’s Roundtable, National Women’s Law Center, Black Women Organized for Political Action, National Action Network, National Black MBA Association, Inc., National Black Child Development Institute, Inc., National Association of Black Psychologists, United States Black Chambers, Inc., Black Business Association, Black Women for Wellness Action Project , Greater Sacramento Urban League, National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Sacramento Chapter, EMERGE: Natural Beauty Industry Alliance, Beauty and Barber Empowerment Center, Ujima, Inc., Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Equal Rights Advocates, Public Health Advocates, American Academy of Pediatrics, Courage Campaign, Greenlining Institute, Anti-Defamation League, Women in Public Policy, Inc., Professional Beauty Association, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) , California Black Health Network, Black American Political Association of California, California Black Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Foundation of California, National Association of Social Workers-California Chapter, California Employment Lawyers Association, California Civil Liberties Advocacy, California Teachers Association, AFSCME California American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, ACLU New Jersey, ACLU California, ACLU of Northern California, ACLU of Southern California, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, Berkeley City Council, National Lawyers Guild – Sacramento Chapter, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Los Angeles Community College District, City and County of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
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