Posted on July 22, 2021

Jackson City Council Discusses New Act to Protect Those Discriminated Against for Natural Hair

Michaila Franklin, WAPT, July 21, 2021

Hair was the topic of conversation at the Jackson City Council Meeting Tuesday.

The members of the council voted in support of a bill that could protect people when wearing natural hair in the work place or schools.

All hands were unanimously raised Tuesday in support of the Crown Act, where people would not have to be afraid they won’t get a job based off of their natural hairstyle.

“You shouldn’t hold something against people because of how they want to wear their hair,” said Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes.

Crown is an acronym, standing for Creating a Respectful and Open Work Place for Natural Hair.

This has become a national movement. So far, 11 states have prohibited discrimination based on hair styles.


Rep. Orlando Paden, the author of the bill, will bring this law forward in the 2022 legislative session to help Mississippi adopt this as a state law.