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CROWN Act Unanimously Passes In Kansas City, Banning Hair Discrimination

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Lisa Rodriguez
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KCUR 89.3
Kansas City Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw is behind the legislation that bans discrimination against workers for wearing Black hairstyles like dreadlocks or braids.

"The CROWN Act is a very necessary step in ensuring equity and addressing the silent but very real barrier of implicit bias,” says Kansas City Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw.

After eight months of effort, the Kansas City Council voted to pass the CROWN Act last week, which stands for Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair. Now, CROWN Act advocates are hoping it gets passed in Kansas and Missouri.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.