The Durham Public Schools Board of Education has designated this week, March 1-7, 2021, as CROWN Act Week as part of a campaign to prohibit discrimination against Black women based on hair texture and protective hairstyles.
The CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful & Open World with NO RACISM) is sponsored by the CROWN Coalition (Dove, National Urban League, Color Of Change, and Western Center on Law & Poverty).
In a Thursday, Feb. 11, resolution (attached), the school board noted that “narrow beauty standards make it difficult for women to freely celebrate their own beauty. While all women experience pressure to conform to certain standards of appearance, Black women are disproportionately impacted by the Eurocentric standards that so often define what is beautiful.”
The resolution highlights DPS’s core belief in a child-centered approach for an education that is caring, is culturally responsive, and embraces the whole child, and “calls on all students, educators, and community members to observe the week to advance efforts to end hair discrimination and to create a more equitable and inclusive beauty experience for Black women and girls where students are affirmed and can express themselves in a safe and positive way.’
A CROWN Coalition petition endorsed by the Board resolution encourages support for federal and state legislation to end hair discrimination.