The CROWN Coalition has won another victory in the fight to end discrimination against natural hair. On March 4, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed the CROWN Act into law. Connecticut State Robyn Porter sponsored the bill (HB6515) and led the efforts in the legislature, with State Senator Julie Kushner serving as the Senate sponsor.
“Advancing racial equity is not only my personal mission, but it’s my commitment as a lawmaker,” Rep. Porter said. “I am beyond proud to have sponsored and ushered the CROWN Act across the finish line—making Connecticut the first state to pass it this year. Partnering with Adjoa B. Asamoah, who was born and raised in my district, and is the legislative strategist for the CROWN Coalition, makes this win for the people of Connecticut even more special. Ensuring people can show up authentically and unapologetically, and be protected legally in workplaces, schools, unions, and all public accommodations is critically important.”
The CROWN Act– which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair–is a legislative movement promoting statutory protection for traits historically associated with race. The CROWN Coalition is the official national supporter of The CROWN Act movement. The Coalition was cofounded by Dove, National Urban League, Western Center on Law & Poverty and Color Of Change.
“I’m so proud of the important and impactful work we’re doing with The CROWN Act,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of North America Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever. “Dove is excited Connecticut has joined seven other states in passing The CROWN Act – and appreciative of the leadership of Representative Porter, Senator Kushner, and Governor Lamont for taking action to make hair discrimination illegal.”
With the passage of this bill, Connecticut will become the 8th state to prohibit natural hair discrimination in schools and the workplace. California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Washington and Maryland have enacted similar laws.