The “CROWN Act”, an acronym for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” holds a special place in our hearts as business owners, athletes, parents, employees, and students who all know our hair is part of our identity and our culture. We’re proud to have hosted this monumental event.
“Since I first introduced the CROWN Act in 2019, I have heard countless stories from Michiganders of color, particularly Black Michiganders, of instances of hair discrimination in school and the workplace” said State Sen. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing). “Choosing to wear your hair in braids, locs, twists or other protective styles associated with race should not mean you are sent home early or passed up on a promotion. The CROWN Act gives a voice to the often overlooked in the halls of power.”
“I think it’s the right thing to do but beyond that, I think it’s a smart thing to do when we think about the future needs of our economy and growing our population. We want the world to know here in Michigan, you can build a great life and this is just one more step toward ensuring that,” Whitmer told reporters after the signing.
“The CROWN Act is another example of Team Michigan’s commitment to put the welcome mat out for people from all walks of life and appearances. In Michigan, your liberty and self-expression are not only protected, but celebrated. I commend Senator Anthony, Governor Whitmer and the statewide coalition of partners whose advocacy in championing this policy helped make today possible,” said Quentin L. Messer, Jr., CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). “Solidifying our commitment to inclusivity by signing policies like the CROWN Act into law will make Michigan a more welcoming, and as a result, more attractive state for people who are considering moving for opportunities.”
“You should be able to be yourself in Michigan,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “Unfortunately, we know the truth that Black women’s hairstyles are 2.5x more likely to be deemed as unprofessional, and Black men face similar stigmas. The CROWN Act will address hair discrimination in Michigan and remove barriers that interfere with educational and employment opportunities for Black Michiganders. I am proud of what this legislation means for our children. Let us continue to show them that our vision for Michigan is inclusive enough for everyone and use every tool in our toolbox to build a Michigan where everyone can succeed.”
Thanks to all who came out in support of the CROWN Act.