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File #: O-260-21    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Consent Agenda
File created: 6/7/2021 In control: Committee on Equity and Inclusion
On agenda: 6/24/2021 Final action:
Title: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING LOUISVILLE METRO CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 92 TO ADD A DEFINITION OF NATIONAL ORIGIN WHICH INCLUDES NATURAL HAIR, TO BE KNOWN AS THE CROWN ACT.
Sponsors: Jecorey Arthur (D-4), Keisha Dorsey (D-3), Jessica Green (D-1), Paula McCraney (D-7), Donna L. Purvis (D-5), David James (D-6), Anthony Piagentini (R-19), Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Bill Hollander (D-9)
Attachments: 1. O-260-21 V.1 061021 Crown Act.pdf
ORDINANCE NO. _________, SERIES 2021
TITLE
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING LOUISVILLE METRO CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 92 TO ADD A DEFINITION OF NATIONAL ORIGIN WHICH INCLUDES NATURAL HAIR, TO BE KNOWN AS THE CROWN ACT.
BODY
SPONSORED BY: COUNCIL MEMBERS ARTHUR, DORSEY, GREEN,
MCCRANEY, PURVIS, PIAGENTINI, SHANKLIN, HOLLANDER,
AND PRESIDENT JAMES

WHEREAS, anti-Black bias also includes discrimination based on characteristics and cultural practices associated with being Black, including prohibitions on natural hair or hairstyles most closely associated with Black people;
WHEREAS, bans or restrictions on natural hair or hairstyles associated with Black people are often rooted in white standards of appearance and perpetuate racist stereotypes that Black hairstyles are unprofessional;
WHEREAS, such policies exacerbate anti-Black bias in employment, at school, while playing sports, and in other areas of daily living;
WHEREAS, research has found that 70 percent of all suspension disciplines are discretionary. Specifically, Black students are more likely to be suspended for discretionary reasons such as dress code or long hair violations, neither of which have been found to be predictive of student misconduct. (Brookings Institute, "Penalizing Black hair in the name of academic success is undeniably racist, unfounded, and against the law," Feb. 23, 2021);
WHEREAS, Black women's hair is 3.4x more likely to be perceived as unprofessional (Dove, CROWN Research Study, 2019);
WHEREAS, Louisville Metro Government wants to protect the rights of its citizens to maintain natural hair or hairstyles that are closely associated with their racial, ethnic, or cultural identities; and
WHEREAS, this provision shall be known as the Crown Act.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE LOUISVILLE/JEFFERSON COUNTY METRO GOVERNMENT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION I: Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances Chapter 92 is hereby amended as follows:
? 92.02 DEFINIT...

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