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Hampton University Business School Not Budging on Dreadlocks and Braids Ban

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Dreadlocks and braids do not have a place at Hampton University’s Business School. The school is sticking by a hair policy many consider unfair, WVEC reports.

Hampton University, a historical black college university, believes its business program’s strict hair policy has led to 99 percent of it students gaining employment in corporate jobs. The hair policy has been in place for over a decade.

“We’ve been very successful,” Hampton’s Business School Dean Sid Credle told WVEC. “We’ve placed more than 99 percent of the students who have graduated from this programs in corporate jobs.”

Credle disputes arguments of the specific hairstyles ever being a part of African American culture.

“When was it that cornrows and dreadlocks were a part of African-American history?” he said. “I mean, Charles Drew didn’t wear it, Muhammad Ali didn’t wear it, Martin Luther King didn’t wear it.”

Credle says business students should look like businessmen.

“If you’re going to play baseball, you wear baseball uniforms,” he told WVEC. “If you’re going to play tennis, you wear [a] tennis uniform. Well, you’re playing that business.”


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