The time has come and passed for the world to recognize what it means to behold a natural crown. For centuries, Black men and women have had to hide their natural hair through the manipulation of chemical treatments, straightening tools, or simply cutting it off. The CROWN Act is here to help and be the change the world needs to represent Black natural hair once and for all.
CROWN: Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair
The CROWN Act, led by The CROWN Coalition and established April of 2015, is not only a movement to abolish race-based hair discrimination, but a Senate bill, making it illegal to refuse natural hair in all places. Believe it or not, there are still 20 states who have made natural hair inappropriate, and ultimately “illegal” in schools and places of work.
C.R.O.W.N., an acronym for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” has made strides to pass Bill 188 in 7 states including California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, and Maryland.
With 23 more states looking to take action, that leaves 20 states that the CROWN Coalition still has to get through. This can happen with your help.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No one man should set the standard for what is beautiful or acceptable, especially when it comes to the hair on someone else’s head. Natural hair should not be tamed, but embraced in all of its glory.
Black HAIRitage is breaking barriers. In order to spread the love and understanding of your crown, you must not be afraid to share the word of your story, and unapologetically let your hair be free once and for all.
Figures like Tracee Ellis Ross and influencer Tabitha Brown, as well as brands including Dove, National Urban League, and Color of Change have spoken on the Act. However, having a platform isn’t the only way you can do your part to appreciate your crown.
Supporting brands that uplift black, natural hair, ignites the word just as fast. It is time you hold confidence within yourself and stand for what is right. Express yourself through your crown, and when people ask, use it as a moment to tell your story. Use it as a moment to tell the story of other black girls and boys who have had to hide their patterns, curls and coils.
Statistics show that 80% of black women are more likely to change the appearance of their hair to “fit in” with the societal norms that have been placed on the world. Our young girls and working women are experiencing inhuman situations. Being sent home and not welcomed back until they fix their hair in a “less distracting” fashion. This. Must. Change.
Today we thank The CROWN Coalition. For their efforts to protect black hair, and end a life long issue of discrimination to the black community. It has been a long and trying journey to this day. Especially for anyone with hair that passes the width of their shoulders.
Wear Your Crown, Unapologetically
The community is being uplifted every day through the coalition. As well as with the help of the education of all things black in the world right now. From the Black Lives Matter Movement to communities donating money to black-owned businesses to help women, men, children, hair, skin, etc. Now is the time to embrace the beautiful black joy that was instilled in you.
Black is beautiful and so is the hair that comes with it.
Fortunately, The CROWN Act has a direct petition you can sign to keep the movement alive. You can follow them and stay up to date on the latest news, events and facts on Instagram and Twitter (@thecrownact). Understanding your crown is simply one piece of the puzzle. It’s time to let it shine, be free, and live wilder than your ancestors could have ever imagined.