Saturday, April 2, 2022

Senate Passes CROWN Act

Bill prohibits discrimination based on natural and protective hairstyles

The CROWN Act will prohibit discrimination based on hairstyles by incorporating hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyle into the definition of race in the law. The protection means that no school district, school committee, public school, nonsectarian school, or any equivalent school organizations, can adopt policies that impair or prohibit a natural or protective hairstyle that has been historically associated with one’s race. 

If signed into law, we would become the 15th state to adopt the CROWN Act. The legislation was inspired in part by sisters Mya and Deanna Cook, who as teens gained national attention after successfully overturning their school policy which had barred them from taking part in school activities.