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#BlackLivesMatter

Starting with Ourselves

K.G. International, Inc. (KGI) was founded in 1982 to become the leading source for packaging and raw materials in the Caribbean Basin region.
This was on account of our founder’s deep personal ties and longstanding business relationships throughout the manufacturing sector of the region.

Since its inception, the success of KGI has been deeply rooted in our ability to serve Black-owned businesses throughout the Caribbean and we take great pride in growing with an incredibly diverse customer base. As such, we unequivocally believe that Black lives matter.

However, over the last several days we have become increasingly aware that while partnering with Black-owned businesses, we cannot look past the very real, present and deeply painful issues of pervasive racism that take place in our own country and other parts of the world. We believe that ensuring Black lives are equal today is essential to creating a brighter future for us all.

So, we are starting with ourselves. By educating ourselves, by incorporating our learning into our daily lives and business, and by sharing the knowledge and information we receive, we hope be a force of positive change in the world. We would like to encourage you to do the same.

Listen. Learn. Unlearn. Amplify Black voices. Vote.

If you are also looking for resources, below is a list to help you get started:
Instagram Accounts to Follow

Books

Books for Children

This is an expert from a list originally created by Brittany Smith, a pre-kindergarten teacher from New Jersey. See her Full List

Podcasts

This is an expert from a list originally published on OprahMag.com

  • Code Switch - Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby explore how issues of race and identity manifest in every corner of American culture, from music to poetry to sports.
  • Come Through with Rebecca Carroll - Culture writer, editor, and producer Rebecca Carroll sits down with high-profile guests for in-depth chats in the vein of NPR's Fresh Air — but with a focus on race.
  • Seeing White - Host and producer John Biewen offers an excellent primer on the history of whiteness in America, sharing lesser-known events that will inspire white listeners to see their own place in society with fresh eyes.
  • Pod Save the People - A grounding listen when you're feeling overwhelmed by the news cycle, as organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson and his cohosts make sense of it all.

Shows to Stream

  • When They See Us (Netflix) - Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.
  • 13th (Netflix) - In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
  • Seven Seconds( Netflix) - The death of a 15-year-old African American boy in Jersey City sets off a police cover-up and a search for the truth.
  • The Hate u Give (Hulu) - A teen witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a trigger-happy cop and must decide whether to testify or not.

Organizations to Support

  • The Bail Project – A national jail fund that fights racial and economic inequities in the jail system
  • Black Visions Collective – A social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • North Star Health Collective – Provides health care and other resources to activists and organizations on the ground
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund – Seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
  • Color of Change – The nation’s largest online racial justice organization
  • Campaign Zero – An organization outlining guides and resources about civil and human rights legislations

We understand these lists are not comprehensive and welcome other recommendations. Contact us.