On Thursday, September 22, the House of Representatives passed HR 5309, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act of 2020, or, the CROWN Act.
This groundbreaking legislation would prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s texture of style of hair. The measure was introduced by Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and was supported exclusively by Democrats. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Cory Booker (D-NJ).
Unfortunately, the prospects are dim for this Democrat-backed bill in a Republican-controlled Senate. Many states are fighting to ban this type of discrimination within their borders. Legislation is on the books in: WA, NY, CA, CO, MD, VA, NJ.
You can learn more about the legislation, the sponsors and the coalition, here: