In “My Crown My Way,” the mother and daughter authors have created a children’s book that amplifies the importance of the C.R.O.W.N. Act. The act is not a law in all 50 states yet, and without the U.S. Senate passing legislation to make it law, each state can decide if they will choose to embrace the C.R.O.W.N. Act, which is a problem and means we have no statutory protection. This is why the authors Naheemah McMicheaux McCallop and Namia McCallop wrote the book to embolden black girls and boys to wear their crown with confidence and bring awareness to how together we can help make discrimination against race-based hair texture and protective styles such as braids, locs, twists, and knots in the workplace and public schools illegal in the U.S. This multi-generational book is for children, parents, caregivers, educators, and everyone else who wants to learn more about the beauty of black hair and why it should be celebrated cross-culturally.
Our story is based on our own personal experiences and those of so many others who look like us, who have been told their natural hair is unprofessional, unruly or distracting. As a parent, I want my children to be confident in who they are. As a black mother, I want all children to know their natural hair is beautiful and they can wear their crown their way without being discriminated against for doing so. This book celebrates our black hair journey, and sheds light on the importance of the C.R.O.W.N. Act, which is not the law in every U.S. state yet but can be. With your help, we can make the mission of this book become a reality and end hair discrimination once and for all.
This book is for people who want to see a better world where everyone is treated equally, no matter what they look like. This book is for you, people who want to make a difference.
When my daughter and I wrote this book, we did it with the confidence that it can make a change. We know that together we can end race-based hair discrimination and help every child feel beautiful and confident in their own skin and crown. We need your help to make this happen. Please join us in this journey to creating a more inclusive world for all.
We aim for families and educational institutions across the U.S. to use this book as a learning resource so that children can have a healthy conversation about their hair, heritage, and culture.
Together we can make hair discrimination illegal! Your purchase of this book will help us promote the passing of the C.R.O.W.N. Act in every state and celebrate the beauty of black hair.
You can book us to speak, teach our My Crown My Way K-5 curiculm in your district, class and state, purchase signed copies of our book, and partner with us by sponsoring a My Crown Your Way Hairitage event in your city in 2023.