City hosts Starbucks-themed equity forums

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The City of Evanston will host three public equity forums today to focus attention locally on the issues raised by the April 12 racial bias incident in a Philadelphia Starbucks.

The forums will coincide with today’s closing of all 8,000 Starbucks stores for the afternoon to provide cultural sensitivity training for the company’s 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 community members can stay engaged around difficult issues.

The forums will be led by Dr. Patricia A. Efiom, the City’s equity and empowerment coordinator.

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