Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.

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.


With your support, we can continue this momentum

and energize other states to join the movement!

Holly J. Mitchell
California, District 30

Jamaal T. Bailey

New York

NY S6209A 

NY A7797

Sandra B. Cunningham
New Jersey
NJ S3945
Tremaine S. Wright
New York
NY S6209A 
NY A7797

The CROWN Act was first introduced in California in January, 2019 by Senator Holly Mitchell (District 30) and was signed into law by Governor Newsom in California on July 3rd to go into effect January 1, 2020.  New York quickly followed suit under the deft leadership of Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights) and Senator Jamaal Bailey
(D-Bronx, Westchester), and Governor Cuomo signed the CROWN Act into law on July 12th, deeming the legislation effective immediately in the state of New York.


New Jersey is currently considering The CROWN Act authored by Senator Sandra Cunningham and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (District 31).  We expect The CROWN Act to be heard before the end of the year, and are pushing for passing in this state where Andrew Johnson’s locs were violently cut during a high school wrestling match last December. 


Eleven (11) additional states have either pre-filed or filed their own anti-hair discrimination bills, including Michigan, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, and South Carolina. 


The city of Cincinnati, Ohio and Montgomery County, MD have also passed The CROWN Act in those local and county municipalities.




The CROWN Coalition is dedicated to the advancement of anti-discrimination legislation across the United States, starting with the state of California, and now in the states of New York and New Jersey.  The Coalition and its members believe that diversity and inclusion are key drivers of success across all industries and sectors.


ACLU California


ACLU New Jersey


ACLU of Northern California


ACLU of Southern California


ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties


AFSCME California American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees


African American
Mayors Association


Alliance for Boys and Men of Color 


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated


American Academy
of Pediatrics


Anti-Defamation League


Beauty and Barber Empowerment Center


Berkeley City Council


Black American Political Association of California


Black Business Association


Black Women for Wellness Action Project


Black Women Organized for Political Action 

Black Women’s Roundtable

California Black Health Network


California Civil
Liberties Advocacy


California Employment Lawyers Association 


California Teachers Association


City and County of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women


Courage Campaign


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated 


EMERGE: Natural Beauty Industry Alliance


Equal Rights Advocates


Greater Sacramento Urban League 


Greenlining Institute


Hip Hop Sisters Foundation


Jack and Jill
of America, Incorporated


National Action Network


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 


NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

National Association of Black Psychologists


National Association of Social Workers-California Chapter

National Black Child Development Institute, Inc. 


National Black MBA Association, Inc. 


National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Sacramento Chapter


National Council of Negro Women 


National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women)


National Lawyers Guild – Sacramento Chapter


The Links, Incorporated


Los Angeles Community College District


Los Angeles County Office of Education 


National Women’s Law Center


Professional Beauty Association


Public Health Advocates


Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 


Ujima, Inc.


United States Black Chambers, Inc.


Women in Public
Policy, Inc.


Women’s Foundation of California

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


Kelli@JOYcollective.com  |  Orlena@JOYcollective.com  |  Marcy@JOYcollective.com