Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with the company

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Rather than pursue a lawsuit against the city Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson have settled for $1 each and a $200,000 for a program for young entrepreneurs.

They also said Robinson and Nelson will have an opportunity to provide input for the company's 'long-term diversity and equity efforts'.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested in Philadelphia on April 12, sparking worldwide outrage, protests at Starbucks outlets and anguished soul-searching about America's lingering problems of racial discrimination.

In its statement on Wednesday, Starbucks said its agreement with Mr. Nelson and Mr. Robinson "would allow both sides to move forward and continue to talk and explore means of preventing similar occurrences at any Starbucks location". The grant will establish "a pilot curriculum for public high school students to develop the skills necessary to pursue their dream of being entrepreneurs", according to Dunn.

Kenney said Nelson and Robinson approached the city as partners "to make something positive come of this".

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Mayor Kenney lauded the idea, saying pain from the incident would have resurfaced "over and over again" had litigation unfolded.

Ross was widely criticised after he initially said his "officers did absolutely nothing wrong" during the arrests which followed a 911 call from a Starbucks worker who said the men were trespassing after refusing to buy anything.

An attorney representing the men at the time said the person they were scheduled to meet with to discuss a real estate project arrived about the time the police did, CNN affiliate KYW reported.

The men's arrest led to days of protests and the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks going viral on Twitter.

Robinson and Nelson have also been offered the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degrees through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a first of a kind partnership with Arizona State University otherwise available to Starbucks partners to earn their bachelors degree with full tuition coverage.

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Star bucks apologized on social networking, and Kevin R. Johnson, " the company's leader executive order, released a announcement by he called the arrests a "reprehensible outcome.

Starbucks Corp. has already announced it will require over 8,000 stores to go through an afternoon of "racial-bias education" training on May 29.

"I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences", Johnson said.

"And Starbucks will continue to take actions that stem from this incident to fix and reaffirm our values and vision for the kind of company we want to be".

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