(Re)Claiming our Crowns


Black hair
Black girls
Black women

How to Cite

Turner, M. and Young, J. (2022) “(Re)Claiming our Crowns: Celebrating Black Girls’ Hair in Educational Spaces”, Journal of African American Women and Girls in Education, 2(1), pp. 1–7. doi: 10.21423/jaawge-v2i1a108.


Black women’s hair has long been a pillar of Black culture and community. However, hairstyles worn by Black women and girls are vilified by society and forced to conform to white, hegemonic standards of beauty. This has translated directly into educational spaces where Black girls experience heavy policing by school and district-wide policies that negatively impact their views of themselves and their hair. The push for, and subsequent stall of, the CROWN Act to be passed in US states has revealed just how deeply rooted hair discrimination is in society and schools. This editorial affirms and celebrates the role of hair in the Black community and its importance in educational institutions.