South African Students Win Their Fight Against A Natural Hair Ban


This week news spread that students at the Pretoria High School for Girls in South Africa were protesting the right to wear their natural hair. 

According to many of the young women who spoke out, they were subjected to racist comments about their hair from white school teachers and they were banned from wearing hairstyles like bantu knots, locs, and afros.

They also complained that they have been discouraged from speaking in their native languages.

Thankfully the school suspended the rule. In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Guateng Department of Education the ban had been lifted and students can speak their native languages freely.

The sad part is that this was even a rule to begin with.  Kudos to the students for standing up against such an injustice.

Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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