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Austin gets CROWNed

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 by Tai Moses

The city of Austin is exploring ways to implement the CROWN Act, an acronym for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. The CROWN Act was introduced in 2019 “to eliminate hair discrimination across the country.” To date, 12 states have passed the legislation to protect Black people against discrimination based on their natural hairstyles or hair textures. City Council has directed the city manager to work with interested organizations and businesses to create recommendations for this civil rights ordinance. The Office of Civil Rights is hosting a virtual meeting at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, to discuss the CROWN Act and gather community input. RSVP on Eventbrite. You may also provide feedback and comment via SpeakUp Austin at the time of the virtual meeting.

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