How Kwanzaa Came to Be…

Dr. Ron Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as a way to help Black and or African American

families and communities in the United States heal from the painful racial unrest, emotional distress

and violence they’d experienced during the Civil Rights movement. Reflection, mindfulness, and

healing for Black people are built into the rituals and celebration of the holiday.

The Seven Principles or Nguzo Saba

•Umoja stands for unity in Black families and communities and among Black people all around the world.

•Kujichagulia means self-determination and the ability of Black people to build their own future by defining, naming and speaking for themselves.

•Ujima is the Swahili word for collective work and responsibility, encouraging Black people to work together and be accountable to one another.

•Ujamaa stands for cooperative economics in Black communities, combining energy and focus to build businesses and economic stability and to support each other’s economic goals.

•Nia means purpose, inspiring Black people to build personal and communal dreams and goals to work towards together.

•Kuumba is creativity, creating things of beauty that strengthen and empower Black people and Black communities.

•Imani means faith in Black people, families and heritage keeping faith that the struggle for justice will be won.

• GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on December 1, 2020.


• GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.


• GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity—to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.

The Calaboose is participating in Giving Tuesday

Our Mission

The Calaboose Museum serves as a home for African American history and culture in San Marcos and Hays County. Through preservation, events, and education, the museum strives to serve as not only an African American history museum but a center of support for the San Marcos community.


Due to the rise in COVID --19 numbers we will not be open for the rest of 2020. We will be doing some individual tours for very small groups on a limited basis. If you are interested in a tour please contact us at We are so sorry for this inconvenience.


Saturday 10am to 3pm

(and by appointment)

200 W Martin Luther King Dr, 
San Marcos, Texas 78666


 (512) 393-8421

Mailing address: P.O. Box 481, San Marcos, TX 78667

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