End hair discrimination
in workplaces and schools.

Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.

LAWMAKERS WHO LED THE CROWN ACT

Representative 
Janet Buckner

HB20 - 1048

Colorado

Representative

Leslie Herod

HB20 - 1048

Colorado

Senator

Rhonda Fields

HB20 - 1048

Colorado

Virginia

Senator
Lionell Spruill Sr.

SB 50

HB 1514 

Virginia

Delegate

Delores L. McQuinn

SB 50

HB 1514

Washington

Representative

Melanie Morgan 

HB 2602

Montgomery County, MD

Councilmember

Will Jawando

30-19

Montgomery County, MD

Councilmember

Nancy Navarro

30-19

Cincinnati, OH

City Councilmember

Chris Seelbach

California

Senator 
Holly J. Mitchell

District 30

SB188 

 

First to introduce and name The CROWN Act

New York

Assemblymember

Tremaine S. Wright 
NY S6209A 

NY A7797

New York

Senator

Jamaal T. Bailey
NY S6209A
NY A7797

New Jersey

Senator 
Sandra B. Cunningham

NJ S3945

A5564

New Jersey

Assemblymember
Angela McKnight

NJ S3945
A5564

The CROWN Act ensures protection against discrimination based on hairstyles by extending statutory protection to hair texture and protective styles in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and state Education Codes.

The CROWN Act, which stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” is a law that prohibits discrimination based on hair style and hair texture. 

 

First introduced in California in January 2019, The CROWN Act expanded the definition of race in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Education Code, to ensure protection in workplaces and in K-12 public and charter schools. The inaugural CROWN Act was signed into law by Governor Newsom in California on July 3rd and went into effect January 1, 2020.

 

New York was the second state to introduce the CROWN Act, with Governor Cuomo signing the CROWN Act into law on July 12th, deeming the legislation effective immediately.

 

New Jersey became the third state to the enact the CROWN Act as Governor Phil Murphy signed the CROWN Act into law on December 19th, the one-year anniversary of the wrestling match where New Jersey high school wrestler Andrew Johnson's locs were forcibly cut off. 

 

Virginia and Colorado became the fourth and fifth states to enact the CROWN Act. Virginia Governor Northam signed the bill into law on March 4, 2020 while Colorado Governor Jared Polis officially signed the bill into law on March 6, 2020. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed the CROWN Act on March 19, 2020. The city of Cincinnati, Ohio and Montgomery County, MD have also passed The CROWN Act in those local and county municipalities. 

 

On December 5th, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) introduced The CROWN Act of 2019 in both chambers of U.S. Congress paving the way for federal protections. 

 

To date, more than 20 states are considering the CROWN Act and have either pre-filed, filed or formally stated an intent to introduce their own anti-hair discrimination bills. Please find out more details here.  

THE CROWN COALITION

The CROWN Coalition is an alliance of organizations, including founding members Dove, National Urban League, Color Of Change and Western Center on Law and Poverty, that are dedicated to the advancement of anti-discrimination legislation across the United States.  With the help of a diverse array of organizations in the social justice, business, legal, and education sectors, the CROWN Coalition has had tremendous success elevating the public narrative around this important issue and inspiring a movement to end hair bias and discrimination. 

SUPPORTERS OF THE CROWN ACT

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, Inc.

 

National Black Caucus
of State Legislators (NBCSL)

 

National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women)

 

African American Mayors Association (AAMA)

 

National Action Network (NAN)

 

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

 

Black Women’s Agenda

 

 National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

 

Black Women’s Roundtable

 

National Women’s
Law Center

 

Black Women Organized for Political Action

 

 National Black MBA Association, Inc.

National Black

Child Development Institute, Inc.

U. S. 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

California Black
Health Network

Black American Political Association of California

Curly Girl Collective

 

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

ACLU Georgia

 

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

SAVE A GIRL, SAVE A WORLD

The Natural Hair Industry Convention

© 2019 THE CROWN ACT

Contact JOY Collective to find out how you can become a supporter
of the CROWN Coalition to end hair-discrimination.

 

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