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Illinois Schools Can No Longer Ban Cornrows, Locs And Braids — Thanks To A West Side Mom Who Fought Hair Discrimination
"This is a huge step toward improving a mental health outcomes for our children," said Ida Nelson, who spoke out against her son's school when he wasn't allowed to wear braids.
This Family Fought A West Side School’s Ban On Black Hairstyles — And Now Illinois Could Ban Hair Discrimination
The bill to ban hair discrimination was inspired by a mom who fought a policy at Providence St. Mel School in Garfield Park, which doesn't allow boys to have braids, locs or cornrows.
After West Side School Forces 4-Year-Old To Remove His Braids, Parents Ask: Why Are We Policing Black Children’s Hair?
Providence St. Mel has a longstanding dress code limiting the way children can wear their hair, which Black parents say punishes kids for their natural hair texture.