YWCA Courageous Conversation: The CROWN Act and Natural Crowns
A virtual and interactive discussion about natural hair, ending discrimination, and Black history.
Thursday, February 23rd
The CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act is a law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination, including denial of employment and educational opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including braids, locs, twists, or Bantu knots. The CROWN Act, or similar legislation, has been passed in 20 states but did not pass the US Senate in 2022. Legislation has been filed in Texas but has not passed.
Research shows that hair discrimination is real:
- 66% of Black girls attending predominantly-white schools report experiencing hair discrimination.
- Black women are more likely to be sent home from work because of their hair.
- Black hair is 3.4 times more likely to be perceived as unprofessional.
Join YWCA El Paso del Norte Region and a local panel of Black women and experts for a Courageous Conversation on the CROWN Act and the impact of such discrimination.
Moderator: Sereka Barlow, YWCA El Paso CEO
Dr. Bola Adedeji, Dentist and Business Owner
Karen Dykes, Attorney and Author
Dr. Erika Denise Edwards, UTEP Associate Professor
Dionne Mack, City of El Paso Deputy City Manager
Linda Wolfe, The Great Khalid Foundation
Event Rules and Guidelines:
Profane, hateful, racist, or discriminatory language will not be tolerated
Be respectful of each speaker and other participants
Personal attacks of speakers or other participants will not be tolerated
Anyone whose comments or participation is deemed to be counterproductive, not in the spirit of the event, or as violating these guidelines will be removed from the webinar
Any opinions stated are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of YWCA El Paso del Norte Region or any other organization/agency.