Hampton University Business School Bans Locks, Cornrows

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  • The topic of hair in the black community, as many know, is a sensitive subject. Dreadlocks and braids are seen as expressions of pride to some while for others, the hairstyles can be polarizing and seen as limiting in today's society.

    Hampton University's hair ban policy was enacted in 2001 but today is the topic of much discussion.

    As shocking as this may seem coming from a historically black university, the business school's dean, Sid Credle, sees the ban in a positive light. He says that enforcing the ban gets students one step closer to securing jobs in corporate America.

    "All we're trying to do is make sure our students get into the job," Credle told ABC. "What they do after that, that's you know, their business."

    The ban on dreadlocks and cornrows at the historically black college only applies to male students enrolled in the school's five-year M.B.A. program.

    He adds that these hairstyles were not part of African-American history. "I mean Charles Drew didn't wear it, Muhammad Ali didn't wear it, Martin Luther King didn't wear it," said Credle.

    Does the dean have a point?

    Watch the news report below.

     


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