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The San Francisco Bay Area chapter includes all of the Bay Area counties and most of Northern California. Amongst other events, we participate in the Yale Day of Service and welcoming admitted students to Yale.

YBAA-Bay Area at Esterlina Vineyards

YBAA-Bay Area at Esterlina Vineyards

Contact Information

Semuteh Freeman ’08

email: bayarea@ybaaonline.org


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  • Traditional music session

    Save the date:Friday, July 26th, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

  • 45th Anniversary of the House "Inspiring Global Leadership in the 21st Century"

    Save the date:Friday, October 17th, 10:00am - 1:00pm

    Join alumni, family and friends as we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale.  Showcasing prominent intellectuals, industry leaders and emerging talents that have passed through the “House,” our Anniversary is an opportunity to explore the legacy of this institution first hand and experience our alumni and students discussing topics of vital importance to our collective communities across the world.

    The House welcomes all alumni and community members to share in the dynamic programming of this weekend. Register now and check in as we update our panels, speakers and name our featured keynotes!


  • YBAA-Bay Area Winter Event: Shades Tour Jam

    Save the date:Friday, January 9th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Shades is coming to San Francisco and the Bay Area chapter of YBAA will be attending one of their performances. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and Shades alumni. Please RSVP to bayarea@ybaaonline.org for dinner nearby before the concert.

    More about Shades: Shades is a coeducational, entirely undergraduate run non-profit organization founded in 1988 to celebrate music of the African Diaspora and the African-American tradition. We sing everything from traditional spirituals and folk songs to jazz and R&B. A central aspect of our mission is to educate about the music we sing and tradition we celebrate, and we frequently come to schools to share our music as well as discuss our experiences as Yale students.

    It is our objective to offer a unique, musically excellent, and spiritually enriching performance experience to audiences at Yale University and beyond. In addition to mastering the style of our music, we develop an appreciation of its history and roots in order to educate audiences about our music’s lineage. Since its founding, the group has traveled globally to locations as far as Costa Rica, Ireland, and Japan; among the group’s many experiences are performing at the White House, singing backup for Lenny Kravitz, and singing for the enthronement ceremony of Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi, King of the Royal Bafokeng Nation in Phokeng, South Africa for an audience of over 20,000 – including former President Nelson Mandela and the royal family of Botswana.


    YBAA-Bay Area Winter Event:  Shades Tour Jam
  • Yale Day of Service

    Save the date:Saturday, May 9th, 12:00am - 11:59pm