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Virginia Is the First Southern US State to Ban Hair Discrimination in the Workplace

“Western Center on Law and Poverty is also thrilled about Virginia’s decision. Ending hair discrimination is one step toward achieving racial justice in the US, said Courtney McKinney, the center’s communications director. Hair discrimination has caused economic, social, and psychological harm to Black people in the country for decades, she explained.

“People are rising up across the world, specifically calling for this country to look its white supremacist roots in the eye in order to eradicate it,” McKinney told Global Citizen.”

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National Crown Day Marks the 1-Year Anniversary of the Signing of the Crown Act

“The Crown Coalition is officially declaring July 3, 2020 a national holiday. On the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Crown Act, National Crown Day will serve as a day to stand in solidarity with Black people and the right to wear their natural hair without fear of discrimination. The coalition, founded by Dove, National Urban League, Color of Change, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, announced the holiday in a press release on June 30.”

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Stories That Helped Shape A Decade

“Black women have long experienced microaggressions and faced discrimination for wearing our natural hair, which makes the passage of California’s CROWN Act so monumental. Dove, the National Urban League, Color of Change, and Western Center on Law and Poverty, joined forces to create the CROWN coalition.”

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ELLE’s 2019 Future of Beauty Awards

When Dove commissioned a study for its new initiative, the CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Coalition—in partnership with the National Urban League, Color Of Change, and Western Center on Law & Poverty—the results were revealing: black women are consistently rated as less ready for job performance when they wear their hair in its natural state. Revelations from the study have already helped advance the mission of workplace equality, like the CROWN Act, a California and New York law ensuring protection in those states against discrimination in the workplace based on hairstyle.

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