June 15, 2024
The CROWN Act stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.
The Ohio House of Representatives has passed the CROWN Act, a piece of legislation that prohibits public schools from penalizing students for wearing natural hairstyles. The legislation against hair discrimination was passed on the week of June 12.
The CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, was introduced by State Representative Juanita Brent, Democrat from Cleveland, and Rep Jamie Callender (R-Concord) introduced the House Bill 178. 
Brent said, “We want to make sure that if you are having a protective style — no matter if it’s braided if it’s locked, or it’s puffs — that you will be able to wear that without discrimination within the state of Ohio.”
The CROWN Act will prevent Ohio public schools from preschools to K through 12 from enacting any sort of penalty on students, particularly students of color, for embracing their cultural identities by showing off their natural hair.
Brent said that although the Act was passed, some lawmakers still voted against it, based on the fact that some didn’t believe hair discrimination was real. 
“We’ve been run mostly by old white dudes, old white and bald,” Brent said. “They’re the ones who are making decisions, but they’re also not the ones that have to receive this type of level of discrimination.”
Brent called the misinformation an indication of larger race issues. all of the no votes came from white men.
The bill is a big move for Black women especially. 
In an interview with News 5 Cleveland, Ladosha Wright spoke about how the CROWN Act is the “human thing and this is the right thing to do.
She said, “My whole career has been about the humanity of hair.”
Wright works as a Cleveland Heights cosmetologist and believes in the transformative power of hair; she advocates for inclusions for women of color.
“We know for certain that textured hair in America has not been treated very well. So a lot of that, well, the bulk of that, has stemmed from not having a history about our hair before slavery.”
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