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Purdue University Fort Wayne students celebrate natural hair

Purdue University Fort Wayne students are celebrating Black History Month with natural hair workshop.

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 1:05 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2020 1:18 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — In celebration of Black history month, students at Purdue University Fort Wayne were treated to a free workshop dedicated to hair.

In recent years women of color have turned away from using chemicals to straighten their hair and have been embracing their natural curls.

Cicelle Beemon is the head of the student outreach center and was so excited to be a part of the natural hair workshop at Purdue Fort Wayne.

"I feel like we're in an era where we can be able to let our hair out and just be natural with our curls," Beemon said. "So, it's important just to be able to embrace your natural self, starting with your hair." 

Black Student Union President Marissa Collins says her family members are why she hosts these hair workshops.

"I have four young nieces and that's my main reason why I am doing these workshops because I want them to grow up not being ashamed of their hair texture," Collins said.

Just this past summer, states like Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio have implemented laws that ban hair discrimination.

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