“It stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” and is part of a national campaign promoted by Dove, the National Urban League, Color Of Change and Western Center on Law and Poverty.”
“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.”
“Cofounded by Dove, the National Urban League, Color Of Change, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, the movement is working to create a “more equitable and inclusive beauty experience for Black women and girls” with a bill that ensures hair traits historically associated with ethnicity are protected at work and at school.”
“Created by The CROWN Coalition (a national alliance founded by Dove, National Urban League, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and Color Of Change), the day encourages you to join the movement and amplify the message.”
“The CROWN Coalition, a national alliance founded by Dove, National Urban League, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and Color Of Change is declaring July 3, 2020 as National CROWN Day; the 1-year anniversary of the signing of The CROWN Act in California.”
“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.”
“Twenty-five other states, including Massachusetts, Illinois and Connecticut, have also introduced hair discrimination bills, according to the Crown Coalition, which includes the civil rights groups Color of Change, the National Urban League and the Western Center on Law & Poverty, as well as the beauty brand Dove.”
“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.”
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.
Across America, girls with ethnic hair types are being unfairly policed for the way they wear their hair – even being dismissed from school and sent home because it’s “distracting.” Shonda Rhimes and Dove are leading the charge to brings real girls, administrators, and policymakers together in the fight against hair discrimination.