The “racial bias education” training is scheduled for May 29 for nearly 175,000 employees, thecompany said in a statementTuesday.The announcement follows days of protest and a personal apology by Starbucks chief executive Kevin Johnson to the men in a private meeting Monday, a company spokeswoman confirmed to The Washington Post. The spokeswoman, Jamie Riley, did not provide additional details.”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,” Johnson said in the statement.[Before video of a Starbucks arrest, images of lunch counter sit ins helped launch a movement]Starbucks said the curriculum will focus onhow employees can recognize and address their own biases to prevent future discrimination.Johnson, who rushed from Seattle to Philadelphia as the backlash erupted, alsomet with Philadelphia’s mayor and police commissioner.The chief executive has publicly apologized for what he called “reprehensible” circumstances that led to the arrest of the two men at a store in Philadelphia’s Center City district Thursday.”I will fix this,”Johnson said in a video message.In an interview Monday on “Good Morning America” Johnson saidthat “what happened to those two gentlemen was wrong” and that the company was reviewing the actions of the store manager who had called police.”My responsibility is to look not only to that individual but look more broadly at the circumstances that set that up just to ensure that never happens again,” Johnson said.Starbucks said later that the manager who called police “is no longer at that store.”The Starbucks at the corner of 18th and Spruce had closed temporarilybecause ofdemonstrations inside and outside but reopened Tuesday morning to little commotion.Aday earlier, demonstrators had convened at the location.At 4:37, a female employee at the Starbucks called the police to report “two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave.” Officers arrived at the Starbucks 4:41, according to the tape. At 4:44, officers requested backup and a supervisor for “a group of males causing a disturbance” inside the Starbucks.
His previous book, “Essays After Eighty,” created a stir with its frank, dryly humorous perspective on debility and death. Poet laureate, has aged more gracefully mentally than physically. Hall comments, “In a paragraph or two, my prose embodies a momentary victory over fatigue.””A Carnival of Losses,” by Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)He sets up “Notes Nearing Ninety” with a page of trenchant one liners: “You are old when someone mentions an event two years in the future and looks embarrassed,” he writes.