Dreadlocks and braids are seen as expressions of pride in the Black community. Blacks always have to conform against their natural hair characteristics, to Euro-centric standards. Recent case in point was recently when the very talented, award-winning actress Viola Davis said she was nervous about wearing her natural hair for a formal event. That is the root of many of our love/hate hair issues—we have never felt that our natural state of being was good enough.
In addition, such a ban reinforces negative stereotypes that natural hair styles are not acceptable in the Corporate world. We do not want to perpetuate this message to future generations. We must stand up now and demand that Black men and women can wear their hair in any natural style they want as long as their hair is neat and tidy just like every other race is allowed to.
We demand that they have their rights to be natural according to our Pi Nappa Kappa Pledge 5 -7 (below).
At Pi Nappa Kappa we have pledged to:
As a member of the Pi Nappa Kappa Natural Hair Sorority, I pledge that:
1. I am a smart, special, valuable person;
2. I respect myself and I respect others;
3. My words and actions are kind and honest;
4. I will respect the dignity and essential worth of all individuals;
5.I will promote the diversity of opinions, ideas, hairstyles and backgrounds which is the lifeblood of the sorority;
6. I will promote a culture of respect throughout the natural hair community;
7. I will not tolerate bigotry, discrimination, violence, or intimidation of any kind;
8. I will practice personal integrity and expect it from others;
9. I will always be proud of my natural born hair;
10. I accept only my best in all I do.
I am PROUD to be ME Naturally!
More Details at www.NaturalHairSorority.com
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