In 2017 we founded Dávila Kafe with the intention of highlighting the excellence of Haitian and Nicaraguan coffee while building a platform on which the stories of young entrepreneurs and artists, particularly those of color, could be showcased. Coming from a long line of coffee producers in Nicaragua and in Haiti, it pained us to see the lack of representation and empowerment at every level–from coffee bars to magazines, all the way to C-suites and boardrooms–in the coffee industry.
During the past several weeks we have all been forced to grapple with the impact of a global pandemic while confronting the reality that, despite gains made in the past 50 years, systemic racism, inequality, and racial division are alive in our country and this industry. As a company, we stand resolute in our commitment to bear witness to our nation’s troubled history of racial violence even as we continue our work to ensure racial equity, inclusion and recognition at every level. Our commitment goes beyond words. It is at the heart of our culture and the way we operate at every level.
Our hope is that these resources, focusing on anti-racist learning, will serve as a starting point for you, your company, and your family. We strongly encourage other leaders in the industry to continue speaking out while taking thoughtful, clear, and actionable steps forward. We pray for justice and we pray for peace.
David and Gaï Dávila
Dávila Kafe Coffee Company
With people of different races, ethnicities, backgrounds, and walks of life.
Call your government officials.
Register to vote at VOTE.GOV
The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander
White Fragility Robin Diangelo
How To Be Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped From The Beginning Ibram X. Kendi
The Color Of Law Richard Rothstein
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson
Slavery By Another Name Douglas A. Blackmon
Between The World And Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" Zora Neale Hurston
Women Race & Class Angela Y. Davis
The Fire Next Time James Baldwin
The Warmth Of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson
1619 New York Times
Seeing White Scene on Radio
Code Switch NPR
Antiracism Center @antiracismctr
Equal Justice Initiative @eji_org
A Growing Culture @agrowingculture
The Conscious Kid @theconsciouskid
Phyllis Johnson @phyllisjjohnson
Dávila Kafe @davilakafe
Vava Coffee Kenya @vavacoffeekenya
The Chocolate Barista @thechocolatebarista
Candice Madison @_candygram_
In Cultured Company @inculturedco
Films and shows that dive into racism.
When They See Us (Netflix)
American Son (Netflix)
See You Yesterday (Netflix)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)
The Hate U Give (Hulu)
Just Mercy (Amazon)
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Equal Justice Initiative EJI.ORG
National Bail Out NATIONALBAILOUT.ORG
Color Of Change COLOROFCHANGE.ORG