Starbucks Corp. has already announced it will require over 8,000 stores to go through an afternoon of "racial-bias education" training on May 29.
The two black men arrested for not ordering anything in a Philadelphia Starbucks have settled with the city for $1 each. 'I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences.
A spokesman for Philadelphia reported the $200,000 guarantee introduced Wednesday will be spent a pilot program for high school students who need to eventually become business people, and also city officers will probably work with Mr. Robinson and Mr. Nelson to develop a grant poll.
The men were led away in handcuffs from a Starbucks last month after the manager called police, saying they refused to buy anything or leave.
Robinson and Nelson said in a joint statement today that they "appreciate the opportunity to have meaningful discussions" with Johnson and others "to address hard issues".
"This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city, pain that would've resurfaced over and over again in protracted litigation, which presents significant legal risks and high financial and emotional costs for everyone involved", Kenney said in a statement.
Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, said: "I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile".
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Also on Wednesday, " Starbucks said it had reached a deal with Mr. Nelson and Mr. Robinson that "comprises a discreet financial settlement. Yaffe, a local white businessman, arrived at the Starbucks as the men were getting arrested. Robinson and Nelson will not receive any money from that grant.
Nelson and Robinson, who are business partners, said they were waiting to meet Andrew Yaffe to discuss a potential real estate opportunity.
As a result, the arrest of Nelson and Robinson sparked a heated debate over racial profiling in the United States.
Nelson said he considers the incident a case of being at 'the wrong place at the right time because of the outcome that can come out of it'.
Shortly after Nelson and Robinson told their story, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross personally apologized and said that if he had done anything to worsen race relations in the city, "shame on me".
The announcement came the same day the two men reached a settlement with the city of Philadelphia.