Starbucks announced it will close all of its company-owned stores in the United States on May 29 to hold a racial-bias education session.
In a statement released by the coffee-giant on Tuesday, the business said that nearly 175,000 employees at over 8,000 locations will take part in a training program "designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome."
Video released over the weekend showing two black men getting arrested at a Philadelphia store went viral and created a lot of bad press for the company.
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The men were waiting for a friend at the coffee shop and asked to use the bathroom. An employee told them they needed to order a drink in order to use the restroom or leave, and when they refused to do either - the police were called.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has since meet with the two men and personally and publicly apologized to them.
Representatives from the Equal Justice Initiative and NAACP have partnered with Starbucks to help shape the course's curriculum.