Starbucks will close stores and corporate offices across the United States on May 29 to conduct “racial-bias education,” the company announces, following outrage over the arrest of two black men in one of its cafes.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson met with the two black men arrested in a Philadelphia store to discuss what measures the company can implement to prevent similar incidents in the future. “I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” he said in a statement. “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution,” he said. “Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”