Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas today (Thursday) applauded the unanimous passage of the CROWN Act and announced that he will sign the ordinance during a signing ceremony tomorrow. Introduced by Third District Councilwoman Melissa Robinson and Fifth District Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw, and cosponsored by Mayor Lucas, this ordinance will explicitly prohibit racial hair discrimination in employment and educational opportunities throughout Kansas City.
According to the CROWN Research Study, Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from work or school and 3.4 times more likely to be perceived as unprofessional because of their hair. The CROWN Act provides Mayor Lucas Applauds Passage of CROWN Act; Will Hold Signing Ceremony legal protections so Black women and men can safely embrace natural hair textures and styles such as braids, locks, twists, and knots.
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