Equity Forums Regarding Starbucks Incident Set for May 29
On Tuesday, May 29, the City of Evanston will host three public equity forums to focus attention locally on the issues raised by the April 12, 2018 racial bias incident in a Philadelphia Starbucks. The forums will coincide with the May 29 closing of all 8,000 Starbucks stores for the afternoon to provide cultural sensitivity training for their 175,000 employees.
“What Happened at Starbucks?” forums will be offered at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center, Parasol Room, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. At each 90-minute forum, participants will view footage taken from the April 12 incident when two Black men were arrested for sitting at a Starbucks without purchasing anything. Participants then will be encouraged to discuss ways in which we as a community can stay engaged around difficult issues.
The forums will be led by Dr. Patricia A. Efiom, the City’s equity and empowerment coordinator. For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, you may dial 311 directly while in Evanston.