About National Crown Day
Also known as the "Black Hair Independence Day," this unofficial holiday celebrates Afro-textured hair - or the tight curls, coils and kinks most often associated with Black and indigenous people of color.
Created by The Crown Coalition, National Crown Day is campaigning to end hair discrimination in the workplace and at schools, which the Black community face far too often when wearing their natural hair.
The CROWN Act, which stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” is a law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination, which is the denial of employment and educational opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including braids, locks, twists or bantu knots.
It was passed into law on July 3rd 2019.
By the one year anniversary, it has been passed in seven states including California, New York, New Jersey, and Washington. Two cities — Cincinnati, Ohio, and Montgomery Country, Maryland — have also passed it. Nine states are currently considering the Crown Act, including Georgia, Kansas, Connecticut, and Louisiana. In other states, the act has been introduced into legislation but hasn't passed.
It is now law in 13 states, most recently Nevada and is celebrated as "Crown Day."
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