As employees at over 8,000 Starbucks stores watch their Anti-bias training on Tuesday (May 29) they will get a celebrity sighting. Rapper/actor Common will be appearing in a series of videos throughout the training, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Common seems like a good fit, as he is no stranger to speaking out against injustices and increasing awareness about the adversities that people of color face. The Suicide Squad actor also has his own charity, the Common Ground Foundation, that foster growth among Chicago youth through the arts, mentoring and educational programs.
The day of training will also include video messages from CEO Kevin Johnson and executive Chairman Howard Schultz. There will also be small group activities and a viewing of Stanley Nelson’s documentary, You’re Welcome.
“May 29 isn’t a solution, it’s a first step,” Rossann Williams, Starbucks executive vice president and president of U.S. retail, said in a statement to employees. “By educating ourselves on understanding bias and how it affects our lives and the lives of the people we encounter and serve, we renew our commitment to making the ‘Third Place’ welcoming and safe for everyone.”
This training is a result of a Philadelphia Starbucks barista calling the police on two black men who were sitting in the cafe waiting on a friend.