Clemson Libraries to host Crown Experience events for Black History Month

Clemson Libraries is hosting the Crown Experience, two workshops focused on the history of Black hair and hair care, on Thursday, February 23. The Department of Global Black Studies and the Clemson University Commission on the Black Experience are co-sponsoring the events as part of Black History Month.

The first workshop is a head wrapping class at 3 p.m. in the Scholars Lab located in Cooper Library room 413. This interactive class will focus on the history and cultural significance of head wrapping and will demonstrate different ways to style head wraps. Participants can bring their own head wraps to use in the demonstrations.

The second event is a lecture titled “The Crown Address,” which will be at 6 p.m. in room 106 of the Watt Family Innovation Center. The lecture will explore the history of Black hair and hair care and will focus on the CROWN Act, which is a law passed in 20 states so far to eliminate hair discrimination in education and employment.

The workshops will be led by Mecca K. Terry, the founder of Embracing My Natural Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging natural hair care by providing workshops, events and information on natural hair care, as well as providing people with Natural Hair Blessing Bags, which contain a variety of natural hair products. Terry owns a mobile natural hair salon and is a Certified Sisterlocks Consultant. She is also a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina Pembroke.

Click here to register for the Crown Experience events.