The Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale (affectionately known as “The House”) was established in the fall of 1969 after the rise of issues surrounding race and civil unrest at Yale and throughout the New Haven community. Due to the increased number of Black students and the rising social consciousness of the 1960s, Yale students rallied to create a space in which Black students and members of the community could convene for social and political means. 

The original location of The House was 1195 Chapel Street. From its inception, the Afro-American Cultural Center, has always represented the vital and vibrant presence of people of African heritage at Yale as well as those interested in the cultures of the African Diaspora. The House’s current location at 211 Park Street provides additional access for members of the New Haven community to participate in a host of cultural events and activities.

Since 1969, The House has nurtured and encouraged generations of Black Yalies to become some of world’s leading scholars, activists and professionals.


To foster a vibrant community of Black scholar-leaders and others who are committed to preserving and promoting the historical, cultural, intellectual and social movement traditions of the African Diaspora at Yale, in New Haven, and throughout the world.


Established in 1969,  The House has a rich history of serving as Yale’s home away from home for its Black student body and all campus and local community constituents who wish to learn about and celebrate the cultures and traditions of the African Diaspora. 

The House facilitates its community members’ success in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and advocacy through advising, cultural enrichment, educational programming, and career preparation.

Contact Info

211 Park Street
New Haven, CT 06511
tele: 203.432.4132
email: afamhouse@yale.edu

Building Hours

Sunday: 10am - 2pm

Monday - Friday: 10am - 9pm (Reservations start at 4pm)

Saturday: 12pm - 4pm

Visit Black Church at Yale

10a-12p on Sundays while classes are in session

Bias Reporting & Response

Upcoming Events

05/31/2024 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Purchase AfAm House gear here!

Sign up for The House’s newsletter here!

Follow The House on social media!