"The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers," Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz said in a statement. "During a divisive time in our county, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other."
Starbucks commissioned the art on the cup, which features a mosaic of people drawn in a continuous stroke, from Seattle-based artist Shogo Ota.
The red cups are supposed to debut on Nov. 10.
Theresa Seiger contributed to this report.