UPDATE (July 2, 2021 10:00 A.M. EST): July 3, 2021 is the second annual Nationwide Crown Day and the second anniversary of the signing of the Crown Act. To have fun, Dove and the Crown Coalition are internet hosting the inaugural Crown Awards, which is able to “honor Black girls paving the best way with contributions to tradition, neighborhood, entrepreneurship, leisure and the development of Black magnificence,” in accordance with a press launch from the coalition. This award ceremony, hosted by Tai Beauchamp, will honor these in sports activities, enterprise, activism, and extra. 

Among the night time’s notable friends and honorees embody TikTok cooking star Tabitha Brown, former senator Holly J, Mitchell, the Nae Nae Twins, and the Curly Lady Collective. You possibly can watch the first-ever Crown Awards on thecrownact.com, the Crown Act’s Fb web page, or Dove’s Fb web page on July Three at 7 PM ET.

The Crown Coalition is formally declaring July 3, 2020 a nationwide vacation. On the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Crown Act, Nationwide Crown Day will function a day to face in solidarity with Black individuals and the proper to put on their pure hair with out worry of discrimination. The coalition, based by Dove, Nationwide City League, Coloration of Change, and the Western Heart on Legislation and Poverty, introduced the vacation in a press launch on June 30.

“The Black neighborhood has all the time had a powerful custom of passing down tales, historical past, and cultural satisfaction to form future generations on what’s vital to recollect and carry ahead,” the assertion reads. “Given the heightened highlight on racial injustice, now could be the time to provoke the nation to eradicate all types of discrimination that negatively affect the Black neighborhood, together with hair discrimination.”

The Crown Act is a legislation that “prohibits discrimination primarily based on coiffure and hair texture,” because the coalition explains. As of this text’s posting date, it has been handed in seven states together with California, New York, New Jersey, and Washington. Cincinnati and Montgomery County in Maryland have additionally adopted the legislation. 9 states are presently contemplating the Crown Act, together with Georgia, Kansas, Connecticut, and Louisiana. In different states, the act has been launched into laws, however has not been handed. Which means it is authorized in most states to discriminate towards somebody just because they put on their hair in an Afro, locs, braids, or some other historically Black hairstyles.

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