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Educational Enrichment

The Calaboose is an invaluable educational resource that highlights the 19th, 20th, and 21st century local African American History. See below to check out our latest selection of educational videos and children’s activities.

Featured Videos


History of the Calaboose

YT - Art in Color

The First Black Artist

Dr. Elvin Holt.

Calaboose Virtual Talks

Learn part of the historical background of the Calaboose African American History Museum brought to you by museum president, Dr. Elvin Holt.

Art in Color is a video series created by curator and culture writer, Jaelynn. Highlighting the works of contemporary artists of color. 

Dr. Peniel Joseph, “A Familiar Moment:
Re-examining Historical Movements & Leaders of the Past,”

Calaboose Virtual Talks

Calaboose Virtual Talks

Dr. Ted Gordon, “The Importance of Place & Space: Racial Geography Matters, ”

Dr. Jeff Helgeson, “The Effects of Urbanization, Disenfranchisement, & Social Action in the Black Community,”

7 Days with Daddy by Belinda N. Mays

Calaboose Virtual Talks

Calaboose Virtual Talks

Guest speakers Dr. Richard Reddick of UT Austin and Mr. Sterling Riles of Lockhart, TX from the Calaboose Board Meeting on 7.2.20 where we discussed racist iconography and the parallel between recent corporate action to address Aunt Jemima and our very own exhibit, “Blackface

D9 Story-time

The Calaboose African American History Museum presents...”The Divine Nine Virtual Story-time” with the #d9brotherhood of #AlphaPhiAlpha #KappaAlphaPsi #OmegaPsiPhi #PhiBetaSigma and #IotaPhiTheta . Beginning June 1st, you will be able to access at least one virtual storybook

Dr. David Pilgrim is a public speaker and one of this country's leading experts on issues relating to multiculturalism, diversity, and race relations. He is best known as the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum: a 14,000-piece collection of racist artifacts located at Ferris State

The Calaboose African American History Museum presents...”The Divine Nine Virtual Story-time” with the #d9sisterhood of #alphakappaalpha 💗💚#deltasigmatheta 🔺🐘#zetaphibeta 💙🤍🕊and #sigmagammarho


Discover more at the CAAHM YouTube Page!

Just click on the YouTube icon above!

The Seven Principles or Nguzo Saba

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


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


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


4) 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.


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


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


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


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.

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