In Michigan, House Bill 4275, the CROWN Act was introduced in February 2021. Since then, the bill has yet to move through the Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee.
It is imperative for the African American women in Michigan to be protected from hair discrimination and from denial of positions for which they are otherwise qualified.
We urge you to support House Bill 4275!
Make your voice heard by writing a letter to Michigan legislators today!!
For your convenience, an example letter and legislative contact info is included below:
Dear (Senator/Governor) (Last name),
My name is (your first and last name) and I am a resident of (city) in your state.
I am writing to you today about The CROWN Act to end race-based hair discrimination. Currently, it is legal to discriminate against a person in the workplace or in schools because of their natural or protective hairstyles in all states except for California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, and Maryland.
Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair, according to a 2019 study. Duke University research found that Black women with locs, twists, or braids were deemed less professional and were less likely to land job interviews. The same race-based hair discrimination is happening to our children in local schools. The impact of hair discrimination has lingering socioeconomic effects, and it’s another thread in the fabric of systemic racism that cannot be ignored or dismissed.
(Explain why you support The CROWN Act, both locally and federally, here. Include a personal story about how it makes you feel. Tell your senator/governor why ending race-based hair discrimination is important and how it affects you, your family members, and your community.)
(Tell your senator/governor how you want them to vote or act on this issue. Tell your senator to pass The CROWN Act through to President Trump’s desk. Tell your governor or state legislators to join the seven states that have already passed The CROWN Act).
Please visit thecrownact.com for more information. I look forward to hearing back from you and tackling this issue together.
(Sign Your Name)
Legislative Contact Info:
Crown Act Resources:
The status of both Crown Act bills can be tracked at Congress.gov
To encourage state legislatures to pass anti-hair discrimination legislation, the CROWN Coalition provides a template for legislative language on its website at www.dove.com.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund tracks the progress of anti-hair discrimination legislation at https://www.naacpldf.org/crown-act/.
To track Michigan legislative bills visit: https://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(il5ixtbc3h1eiloizv2rq0ip))/mileg.aspx?page=Bills