Tresses on trial – How the Crown Act Aims to Fight Hair Discrimination

Sydnee Hassan | freshman – Charles Herbert Flowers, Springdale, MD |  Winter/Spring 2021
Bismarcke Maculey, III | sophomore – Homeschooled | Winter/Spring 2021

De’Andre Arnold and Kaden Bradford — Image by Juanell Core of Core Photography

The CROWN Act — its’ a growing movement with more and more states enacting laws that protect against discrimination against hairstyles traditionally associated with people of African descent including braids, locs, and twists on the job, at school.  These styles are most often connected to women, but men and boys also rock locs and other natural styles.


Founded in 1975, the Washington Association of Black Journalists is an organization of Black journalists, journalism professors, public relations professionals and student journalists in the D.C., metro area. WABJ provides members with ongoing professional education opportunities and advocates for greater diversification of the profession.