glyph 532: small business, regulation as monopoly enforcement, defense against crony capitalists and their egulatory allies, administrative state, insitute for justice, melony armstrong, entrepreneurship, enterprise, african hair braiding, rising tide capital, overcoming legal barriers obstructing self-help ... Institute for Justice ..... charles g. koch, koch brothers, good profit (book), article in usa today


African Hair Braiding Becomes Legal in Mississippi & D.C.

thanks to Melony Armstrong & The Institute for Justice

This is a story of the perseverance and courage of an entrepreneur whose work was being regulated into non-existence. She took action, and with the help of the Institute for Justice it is now legal to practice African Hair Braiding. This single instance of regulatory oppression overcome illustrates a principle important to the liberation of individual talent and energy so that people, once regarded as poor and destined for a life on government support, become able to help themselves and become well off.

A simple, very specific story illustrating a general principle of the greatest importance:

...the state awarded licenses to cosmetology instructors to teach braiding who had no experience braiding even as it forbade experienced braiders from teaching their craft (unless they sacrificed three years and thousands of dollars to learn unrelated skills to earn the license). The result was that students of braiding had no skilled and legal instructors to learn from. In effect, Mississippi outlawed both the teaching and learning of African-style braiding as a business.

Testimony of Melony Armstrong, African Hairbraider, before U.S. House Committee:

D.C., February 2015: U.S. Army Honors IJ's First Client 'Pamela Ferrell and her husband Taalib-Din Uqdah were IJ's [Institute for Justice] first clients. On November 1, 1991, IJ filed a lawsuit on their behalf challenging the constitutionality of Washington, D.C.'s cosmetology licensing scheme. As a result of the lawsuit, the District of Columbia government partly deregulated its cosmetology industry, allowing hair braiders to practice their craft. Without the constant threat of being shut down, their salon flourished and Pamela has become a recognized authority in the natural haircare industry. Most recently, she assisted the U.S. Army in revising its haircare and grooming guidelines to allow for natural hairstyles such as twists and braids.' —full story on page 11

See also Rising Tide Capital
Institute for Justice

Update, December 12, 2015: "Charles Koch's network plans to take aim at job-licensing laws"
March 27, 2014; edited/updated December 13, 2015

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