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Awareness raised, confidence built since Maryland’s version of the CROWN Act took effect 2 years ago

October 20, 2022
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When Stephanie M. Smith was an undergraduate college student in Virginia, an older Black man approached her in a supermarket and made a critical comment about her newly self-locked natural hair. “He said, ‘You didn’t do that to your hair on purpose?’ Just me gallivanting upon with my life was so unacceptable to him,” recalled Smith, now a state delegate representing the city of Baltimore. “It’s not just non-Black people who have this internalized hatred. Plenty of Black people have absorbed this poison.”

Article Source: The Baltimore Banner

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