Real Young Louisville Wonders Push for State Passage of CROWN Law | New
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) – A talented group of West Louisville college students, the Real Young Prodigies, left a big impression on the Kentucky State Capitol on Friday.
They came to Frankfurt to pass the CROWN Act, which prohibits discrimination based on the texture, color or style of a person’s hair. CROWN stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair”.
“After the Breonna Taylor protests, we wanted to heal our city by celebrating Louisville and honoring black girls,” Renee Robinson told lawmakers.
Kaylin Booker told lawmakers that the CROWN Law will apply to everyone.
“I really ask you to pass the CROWN Act because the CROWN Act helps end discrimination against African American, White and Latino siblings,” she said.
The CROWN Act is already law in Louisville. Students want Kentucky to become the 14th state to pass it.
“When people see me… they see a stereotype,” Jeriah McMillan said. “They see me as a thug because of the different styles of braids I wear. So I ask you never to judge a book by its cover.
The President of the Senate Judiciary, Senator Whitney Westerfield, said he was impressed and pledged his support.
“I expect the CROWN law to be published in 22, and I would vote to support it,” he said.
Afterwards, the True Young Wonders literally danced for joy in front of the Capitol.
“I don’t know if they were aware of the issues that were happening with everyone’s hair, but I’m glad today that we got to talk to them today about what the CROWN Act is,” said McMillan at WDRB News.
“I feel like what we have accomplished is that a bill could be passed,” Aaliyah Compton said, as the others spoke, “It will be passed.”
Rep. Attica Scott of Louisville has pre-filed a CROWN Bill for the 2022 session.
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