A no braid and no dreadlocks ban has been placed on the students at Hampton University’s business school, as the Dean of Students, Sid Credle, stands by the controversial rule.
Male students enrolled in the school’s 5-year MBA program who take the seminar class cannot wear dreadlocks or cornrows in class.
According to ABC News:
The ban, which began in 2001, has been controversial over the years.
Credle believes the ban has been effective in helping his students land corporate jobs.
“We’ve been very successful. We’ve placed more than 99 percent of the students who have graduated from this school, this program,” said Credle.
“These students choose to be in this program and aspire to be leaders in the business world. We model these students after the top African-Americans in the business world,” said HU spokesperson Naima Ford.
Credle said it’s important for students to look the part when looking for a job, saying:
“I said when was it that cornrows and dreadlocks were a part of African American history?”
Credle added, “I mean Charles Drew didn’t wear, Muhammad Ali didn’t wear it. Martin Luther King didn’t wear it.”
Credle is right; Ali, King and Drew didn’t rock braids and cornrows, but they did believe in personal freedoms and that a person has every right to express themselves.
Credle believes cornrows and dreadlocks have not been a historically professional look, we beg to differ.
SOURCE: ABC News