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Documentary | 11AM calls churches to take the lead in racial reconciliation
by Megan Basham
Posted 5/10/18, 03:02 pm

With recent events like those in Ferguson and Charlottesville, Christian leaders from Russell Moore to John Piper have encouraged believers to repent of the passivity that has prevented us from being the light we should be in this period of resurgent racial strife. How Christians with different skin colors can do a better job loving one another is the question on which the documentary 11AM: Hope for America’s Most Segregated Hour seeks to shed light.

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Associated Press/Photo by Jacqueline Larma

Starbucks, Philadelphia make amends with arrestees

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/03/18, 11:49 am

Two African-American men whose arrests at a Philadelphia Starbucks sparked protests have settled with the city for a symbolic $1 and the promise of a $200,000 program to support young entrepreneurs. They also settled their claims against Starbucks for an undisclosed sum and a paid-for college education. Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, both 23, were in a Starbucks on April 12 waiting to meet with another man when the manager reported them to police for trespassing. Officers led the two men away in handcuffs and later released them without charges.

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Associated Press/Photo by Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer

Starbucks to conduct bias training at U.S. stores

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/17/18, 03:11 pm

Starbucks announced Tuesday plans to close down more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct diversity training for all employees following the arrest of two black men last week at one of its Philadelphia locations. The men asked to use the restroom and were denied because they didn’t buy anything. They sat down to wait for a third person, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, and an employee called police to report the men were trespassing because they would not leave. Officers came and led them out in handcuffs but later released them without charges.

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