From the workplace to schools to swimming pools, race-based hair discrimination is rife. We’re joining forces with the National Urban League – founding members of the CROWN Coalition – to take urgent action against Black hair discrimination in swimming. In our letter to FINA, we urge the board to accept Soul Caps – swim caps created for Black natural hair – at the Olympic games, as well as future competitions.
Hair is integral to Black heritage, identity, and culture. We believe Black athletes deserve the freedom to compete without being forced to forfeit cultural identity or dignity. Allowing Black individuals to swim while protecting their natural hair would be a significant step towards creating a more equitable sport – as well confronting race-based hair discriminaton at the Olympic games.