Earlier this March the U.S. House of Representatives passed The CROWN Act, which bans any form of discrimination based on hairstyle or texture. We also recently witnessed one of the most qualified Supreme Court candidates, Ketanji Brown Jackson, complete her senate confirmation hearing. Though we heard a lot about her qualifications and her appointment was well-deserved, there was just as much chatter about her “sister locks.” This has been an ongoing issue for decades, if not centuries, and we just knew that we had to dive deeper into the topic of Black women in America, and the role that hair has played in their journey.
If you think this is just about hair though, stay tuned, because we have two very special guests joining us to share their experiences, not only in corporate America, but in academia and in society as a whole.
Joy Morton is the Assistant Deputy Insurance Commissioner with The Virginia State Corporation Commission, and Ayo Morton is a preacher, poet, doctoral candidate, and adjunct professor at The University of Memphis. Both happen to be AJ’s relatives, his sister and his niece respectively, and they offer a wealth of insight into this topic.
It was so much fun to have Joy and Ayo as our guests on the podcast. As always, we learned and gained a broader perspective and we’ll continue to have these conversations so that we can educate ourselves and raise awareness. That’s what Respect Circles is all about.
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In this episode you’ll hear:
Links & Resources:
Chris Rock’s Documentary, Good Hair
The Characteristics of Negro Expression by Zora Neale Hurston
The “Good Hair” Study by Perception Institute:
Take the Perception Institute’s Hair Bias test here.
Duke University Study, Black women with natural hairstyles are less likely to get job interviews:
The Chastity Jones Case
The Jenesis Jones Case
A wrestler was forced to cut his dreadlocks before a match. His town is still looking for answers (Andrew Johnson): https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/04/17/wrestler-was-forced-cut-his-dreadlocks-before-match-his-town-is-still-looking-answers/
Six Things Everyone Should Know About Black Hair History