Alter the dress code to allow head wraps to be worn

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Head wraps hold cultural significance for Africans and African Americans and play a large role in black self-expression. They serve as a recognition of ancestry and a form of communal identity. Notably, head wraps are considered a historical, nonconformist custom that was used during slavery to oppose western fashion and beauty standards. As a “transformation of a supposed badge of degradation into an emblem of self-determination and empowerment," African head wraps signify “absolute resistance to loss of self-definition.” Changing GTJHS’s current head wrap policy to allow full headwraps would directly follow FCPS guidelines by affirming this expression of cultural identity.



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