Following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the acquittal of Darren Wilson on the charge of murder; what should have been peaceful protests throughout the city often resulted in vandalism and looting. A year later, many local business owners still have been unable to pick up the pieces of their livelihood.
Natalie Dubose, owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More had her storefront burned down and vandalized in the midst of a protest about Wilson. “It was this time last year that we were cleaning up glass and debris on the strip of South Florissant Road,” she said. “It was a lot of tears that day, but at the same time a lot of love was shown.”
Starbucks recently partnered with Dubose to offer her desserts at dozens of local stores throughout Missouri. The coffee chain will establish it’s first location in Ferguson in Spring 2016 as apart of it’s new diversity initiative.
Within the next year, 15 more stores will be opened in low to medium income neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Phoenix, Chicago, and Jamaica Queens. Dubose is one of the minority women business owners that will be suppliers of the new locations.
Starbucks will also provide a job training and customer service program to assist with economic development in the oftentimes poverty stricken areas. James Knowles III Mayor of Ferguson acknowledged his gratitude to Starbucks for empowering his city. “With all the things we’ve learned over the past year, I think it’s important that we realize that both our urban communities and our suburban inner-ring communities need investment.”
Dubose also expressed her appreciation for the way in which a negative situation has become a blessing, “I’m just grateful that at this time so many good things have happened. The sun does shine after that storm.”
(Source: Huffington Post)
Photographic Proof Not Much Has Changed In Ferguson Since Michael Brown’s Death
1. 2014: Michael Brown’s lifeless body was left in the streets of Ferguson for more than four hours after he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9.Source: 1 of 14
2. 2015: Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot in Ferguson Sunday night by police for allegedly attacking them with a firearm. He remains in critical condition and is facing four charges of first-degree assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle.Source: 2 of 14
3. 2014: Unrest in Ferguson plagued the city after police officers clashed with protesters.Source: 3 of 14
4. 2015: Police stand to maintain the crowd after shots rang out on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.Source: 4 of 14
5. 2014: An unarmed protester was approached by police during protests in Ferguson. The image became one of the most memorable of the city’s uprising.Source: 5 of 14
6. 2015: A woman stands before police with her hands up in the air.Source: 6 of 14
7. 2014: After the shooting of Mike Brown and the death of Eric Garner, unrest continued to rise in Ferguson. After it was determined that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of the teen, protesters took to the streets.Source: 7 of 14
8. 2015: Since the death of Brown, over 100 men, women, and children of color have been killed by police. Worldwide protests have continued advocating for better training for police officers.Source: 8 of 14
9. 2014: A woman hit with pepper spray is doused with milk. Ferguson police issued curfews for protesters after incidents of arson and looting occurred during peaceful protests in the city.Source: 9 of 14
10. 2015: A year later, protesters say they too were hit with tear gas while protesting in the streets.Source: 10 of 14
11. 2014: The National Guard was called into Ferguson to “control” protests.Source: 11 of 14
12. 2015: A teen is caught in the crossfire during a shooting that took place in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.Source: 12 of 14
13. 2014: Army tanks filled the streets of Ferguson after protests turned violent in the city.Source: 13 of 14
14. 2015: St. Louis police with army gear arrive in Ferguson Sunday night.Source: 14 of 14
Starbucks Acknowledges The Death Of Michael Brown With A New Store In Ferguson was originally published on hellobeautiful.com