MLA Supports the CROWN Act

April 21, 2021

House Bill 4275 – Michigan CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair) – as sponsored by Representative Sarah Anthony (D - Lansing), would prevent discrimination by expanding state law to recognize a person’s hair as a characteristic of race.

The Michigan Library Association calls on Michigan lawmakers to amend the 1976 Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and support and enact House Bill 4275 – Michigan CROWN Act – as sponsored by Representative Sarah Anthony (D - Lansing), specifically created to prohibit discrimination against hair texture and hairstyle choices. The CROWN Act will specify hair texture and protective hairstyles, such as braids, locs and twists, as traits historically associated with race to protect Michiganders from discrimination in the workplace, all levels of public education, public accommodations and services, and real estate transactions. This legislation echoes successful efforts in seven other states to ban discrimination against natural hairstyles in the workplace, all levels of public education, public accommodations and services, and real estate transactions. Learn more about the CROWN Act Coalition.

 


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