Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson will personally mentor two entrepreneurs who were famously arrested while waiting for a friend at a downtown Philadelphia Starbucks last month.
Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were guests on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday.
Speaking on behalf of his clients, attorney Stewart Cohen tells GMA, “The CEO of Starbucks is going to personally mentor these two young men going forward.”
The news comes a day after Nelson and Robinson settled with the city of Philadelphia for a “symbolic” $1 each. They also settled with Starbucks for an undisclosed, but similar amount.
Cohen added: “Not only do they have a seat at the table and not only do we have this settlement, but we have the beginning of a relationship” with the Starbucks CEO.
The two friends say the city also committed $200,000 to a young entrepreneur program.
But not everyone was satisfied with the settlement.
Many Black Twitter members expressed disappointment that they wasted their time and energy protesting outside Starbucks, only for the men to settle for $1 each.
Twitter activist Tariq Nasheed tweeted: “The Black men who were arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks “settled” for Starbucks to donate money to “young entrepreneurs”. Will these entrepreneurs be Black? These vague terms sound fishy”.
The Black men who were arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks “settled” for Starbucks to donate money to “young entrepreneurs”. Will these entrepreneurs be Black? These vague terms sound fishy
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) May 2, 2018