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!
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
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.
SUPPORTERS OF THE CROWN ACT
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
Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
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 Employment Lawyers Association
California Teachers Association
City and County of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
EMERGE: Natural Beauty Industry Alliance
Equal Rights Advocates
Greater Sacramento Urban League
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)
United States Black Chambers, Inc.
Women in Public
Women’s Foundation of California