El Paso – Texas State Board of Education Member Georgina Pérez (D-El Paso) joins members of the Texas Legislature in urging the legislature pass House Bill 392 by Rep. Rhetta Bowers (D-Garland), otherwise known as the CROWN Act.
The CROWN Act stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair and would prohibit discrimination on the basis of hair texture or protective hair style associated with race.
"As Texans, our diversity is a source of both beauty and strength," said Pérez. "Every student and every employee should be proud to wear their hair in a way that serves both practical purposes as well as a symbol of cultural identity. I am proud to stand with my colleagues in support of the CROWN Act to end discrimination based on natural hair."
HB 392 has been introduced and referred to the House Committee on State Affairs and has yet to receive a hearing. Pérez urges the committee to swiftly consider the bill before the deadline for hearing House bills in committee.
Georgina C. Pérez