CROWN Conference: Can Public Policy End Hair Discrimination?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Media are invited to send a reporter, photographer and/or camera crew to cover this event on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in New Brunswick. RSVP required.

WHAT: The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy will host the CROWN Conference: Can Public Policy End Hair Discrimination to discuss a New Jersey bill known as the CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Naturals).The bill would protect people’s right to wear natural hairstyles, such as Afros, braids, twists or and locs, which are often worn by African-Americans. The event is free to the public.

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wed, Jan. 29. WHERE: Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick.

WHO: Moderated by Patricia O'Brien-Richardson, associate professor of teaching at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, will be available for interviews before the event.

Panelists include:

  • Sandra Cunningham, state senator and co-sponsor of the bill
  • Angela McKnight, assemblywoman and co-sponsor of the bill
  • Dr Bernice B. Rumala, CROWN campaign co-founder
  • Shemekka Ebony Coleman, CROWN campaign co-founder
  • Karen Thompson, senior attorney, ACLU

MEDIA RSVP: RSVP required. Contact Karyn Olsen, 848-932-2814, [email protected]



Broadcast interviews: Rutgers University has broadcast-quality TV and radio studios available for remote live or taped interviews with Rutgers experts. For more information, contact Neal Buccino at [email protected]


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