The City of Birmingham has officially declared July 3rd as National Crown Day in recognition of the ongoing efforts to pass legislation protecting individuals’ rights to have natural hair styles in workplaces and schools – C.R.O.W.N. stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.
In celebration of this achievement, the C.R.O.W.N. Campaign will be hosting an event on Thursday, July 1, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Michael’s Restaurant (1525 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233).
Last year, Councilor Crystal Smitherman spearheaded an effort to pass a resolution in observation of National Crown Day in Birmingham. In 2019 the C.R.O.W.N. Act was created to ensure protection against discrimination based on race-based hairstyles by extending statutory protection to hair texture and protective styles such as braids, locs, twists, and knots in the workplace and public schools.
Nationwide, black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair, and as it stands Alabama currently does not have any protections in place.
“As a woman of color, I’ve worn my natural hair for a majority of my life,” Councilor Crystal Smitherman said on Tuesday. “I’m encouraged by the progress we’ve made, but there is still a long way to go for all women and men of color to be protected by the law from discrimination over their natural hair. This declaration of National Crown Day is something to celebrate and I’m so proud to work alongside the C.R.O.W.N. Campaign.”
Councilor Smitherman will have press availability during the event on Thursday starting at 7:45pm. We are encouraging the use of the hashtags #nationalcrownday #crowncampaign to promote National Crown Day on July 3rd
To learn more or sign the petition, visit: www.crowncampaign.com/