CREATING A RESPECTFUL AND OPEN WORLD FOR NATURAL HAIR
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,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 by Senator Holly Mitchell (District 30), 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 under the 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.
New Jersey became the third state to the enact the CROWN Act. State Senator Sandra Cunningham (District 31) and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (District 31) championed the legislation and 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. 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.
Twenty-two (22) additional 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, including Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The city of Cincinnati, OH and Montgomery County, MD have also passed The CROWN Act in
those local and county municipalities.
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 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
Black Women Organized for Political Action
National Black MBA Association, Inc.
Child Development Institute, Inc.
U. S. Black
Black Business Association
Black Women for Wellness Action Project
Greater Sacramento Urban League
National Coalition of
100 Black Women-Sacramento Chapter
Beauty and Barber Empowerment Center
Hip Hop Sisters Foundation
Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
Women in Public
Professional Beauty Association
Black American Political Association of California
California Black Chamber of Commerce
of Social Workers-California Chapter
California Employment Lawyers Association
California Teachers Association
of State; County and Municipal Employees
ACLU New Jersey
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