Cleveland NAACP travels to Columbus to advocate for the CROWN Act, to ban hair discrimination

This is the 3rd time in 3 years lawmakers have tried to pass legislation in Ohio
Published: Jun. 14, 2023 at 9:32 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2023 at 3:48 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland NAACP branch traveled to Columbus Wednesday morning to show support for the CROWN Act, HB 178, which would ban hair discrimination in public schools and workplaces.

A bus full of CROWN Act supporters left Cleveland at 6 a.m. to advocate for the house bill.

Representatives Juanita Brent and Jamie Callender will be hosting a press conference at 11 a.m. to discuss the testimony and next steps for the bill.

This is the third time in three years that legislation to ban hair discrimination in public schools and workplaces has been considered by Ohio lawmakers.

Since inception in 2019, The CROWN Act combats hair discrimination by ensuring that hairstyles historically associated with race, such as afros, braids, locs and natural hair are protected in public schools and workplaces.

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There have been two hearings for HB 178. The next steps are to get it out of committee for a vote on the House floor.