Eric Holder, Sherrilyn Ifill, Bryan Stevenson, and Others to Lead Starbucks Training
When Starbucks closes 8,000 stores on May 29th to conduct a company-wide racial-bias educational training after the arrests of two Black men, they will have some reputable leaders to help. The curriculum will be developed with guidance from several national and local experts confronting racial bias, including Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Heather McGhee, President of the liberal think tank Demos; former AG Eric Holder; and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. Once the company has completed this training at its company-owned locations, it will make the programming available to its licensed partners. Rosalind Brewer, COO of Starbucks, spoke with NPR on Monday and said the video of the arrest was painful. "As an African American executive myself with a 23-year-old African American son, it was very difficult to watch. The police should not have been called in this situation. And this is a teachable moment for all of us. And we take full responsibility to make sure that our company remains great," she said. More here.