Faith Fennidy


Faith Fennidy is a junior at Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She serves as president of her school's Black Student Union and also chairs the diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging subgroup of the student senate. In 2018, Faith's expulsion from Christ the King Elementary, a Catholic school in New Orleans, for wearing braids to school was one of the many catalysts across the country for the CROWN Act, which stands for "Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair." The act prohibits race-based hair discrimination in school and the workplace. Since its passage in California in 2019, 23 states have enacted the CROWN Act with Louisiana signing it into law in 2022. Faith has championed the act, traveling around the country to encourage young people regarding their hair while fulfilling appointments with state legislatures. Faith has appeared on "Good Morning America," and participated in the Dove Self-Esteem Project, the Country Music Awards, the Jack and Jill on the Hill Legislative Summit, and the NAACP 78th State Convention in Mississippi. She plans to continue speaking and pursuing states that have yet to adopt this law. Faith also keeps up with current events similar to her own life experience and this continues to empower her to sustain the work and accomplish the goal of getting the law passed in all 50 states.