A two-day virtual conference examining the politics, policing, and perception of African American and Afro Latina women’s natural hair in American society. Attend readings, panels, and workshops discussing the muted but invasive means by which society shames our natural hair from infancy through adulthood.
Eighteen months ago, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the CROWN Act into law, making California the first state in the country to ban discrimination against people based on their natural hair. Los Angeles Senator Holly Mitchell introduced the bill to “protect the right of Black Californians to…wear their hair in its natural form, without pressure to conform to Eurocentric norms.” The Trauma, Tresses, & Truth conference is especially timely in light of this year’s racial justice movement, which has surfaced--even more--the precarity of Black lives.
This conference's topics interrogate and examine the politics, policing, and perception of African American and Afro Latina women’s natural hair in American society.Meet the speakers