Today’s Interview: Lexington council members plan to introduce “C.R.O.W.N. Act” ordinance this week.
Three members of the Lexington City Council are planning to introduce an ordinance to help improve equality in the commonwealth’s second largest city. Councilmembers Shayla Lynch, Denise Gray, and Tanya Fogle are introducing what is called a “C.R.O.W.N Act” ordinance. Councilwoman Lynch said the ordinance is designed to help eliminate, what she calls a common form of discrimination.
“C.R.O.W.N stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair.” What it will do is protect all citizens from hair discrimination, from being treated differently because of how they express themselves through their hair, how their natural hair grows out of their natural head.”
Councilwoman Denise Gray said hair is an important part of Black culture.
“Our hair is more than just hair, our hair tells a story, our hair connects us to our roots in Africa, our hair brings us together at times and it makes us feel good when our hair is done.”
Other cities in Kentucky have passed similar ordinances including Covington, Frankfort, and Louisville. An attempt was made to get a law passed through the General Assembly, but it failed.
The councilwomen encourage the public to turn out to Tuesday’s work session at 3PM to provide comment on the ordinance.
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