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A Marketplace of
Human Excellence

Sokoto means "market place" and has its social, political, and spiritual roots linked to one of the major 18-19th century precolonial African Islamic empires of West Africa, from where many people of African descent in the Americas originated due to the European trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Sokoto House is a community center that aims to build community cohesion and collective efficacy.

Upcoming Events

Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8, 10 AM - 5 PM
lcl sponsored: Completely Free Community Market More info...

Sokoto House and the lowercase leaders will host another Completely Free Community Market on September 7 and 8. Drop-off for donated goods will be from 5-8pm on Friday, September 6.

Saturday & Sunday, December 21 & 22, 10 AM - 5 PM
lcl sponsored: Completely Free Community Market More info...

Sokoto House and the lowercase leaders will host another Completely Free Community Market on December 21 and 22. Drop-off for donated goods will be from 5-8pm on Friday, December 20.

Concluded (Sunday, June 23, 6 PM)
4th Annual Summer Solstice Sustainability Fashion Show More info...

The fashion show returned on June 23 to the Arboretum at 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington, in cooperation with NC Cooperative Extension and the Ability Garden!

All proceeds will benefit the Youth Empowerment Solutions program at Sokoto House.

Concluded (Saturday, June 8, 6 PM)
ILM for Peace in Palestine presented: Film & Falafel More info...

ILM for Peace in Palestine held an event featuring Palestinian film and food.

Concluded (May 25, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Community Conversations Meeting with New Hanover For All More info...

Advance Youth Outreach and New Hanover For All held a meeting regarding the housing problems in New Hanover County. These meetings are open to everyone in the community.

Concluded (June 1 & 2, 10 AM - 5 PM)
lcl sponsored: Completely Free Community Market More info...

Sokoto House and the lowercase leaders will hosted another Completely Free Community Market on June 1 and 2.

Concluded (Saturday, April 13, 12 PM - 5 PM)
Fundraiser for the Family of Duke Collins More info...

the lowercase leaders and Sokoto House honored the life of a Superhero, Duke Collins (@justduke777) with live music performances by local artists, homecooked and fresh-grilled food plates, poetry performances, and love shown for a legend. All proceeds and donations went towards supporting the surviving family.

Concluded (Saturday, April 6, 10 AM - 3 PM)
Queen Sista Fish Fry Fundraiser More info...

HOPE held a fish fry fundraiser at Sokoto House to benefit their youth programs.

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Regularly Scheduled Programs

Every Wednesday, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Time After Time Meetings More info...

Time After Time is a support group organized by NC Rights Initiative for men and women who have been incarcerated.

Every Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Free Showers More info...

Family and Community, in association with Quality Life Blueprint, Advance Youth Outreach, H.O.P.E., NC Rights Initiative, and Martial Science Health & Wellness are sponsoring free showers in a mobile unit at Sokoto House on Wednesdays and Thursdays from July through October.

1st Friday of every month, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
1st Friday Family Fun Day More info...

HOPE sponsored family fun day at Sokoto House. Open to everyone and includes food and activities.

2nd Friday of every month, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Family Fun Fridays Garden Party More info...

Join us in the Sokoto House garden for activities related to plants, medicine and art. Open to all!

3rd Friday of every month, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
3rd Friday Dance Class More info...

Explore dance for fun, fitness, or just the joy of moving! Open to all ages and skill levels.

**ON HOLD** (Usually every Saturday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Qigong in the Garden More info...

Head to our QiGong in the Garden page for signup and donation info. A $5 minimum donation per session is requested.

Fitness and spiritual health sessions open to the community, led by 53+ year martial science professor, Master Shihan Mwalimu White Owl.

Every Saturday, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (weather permitting)
Beginner Archery More info...

Sokoto House and Grey Raven Media holds archery instruction and practice sessions free of charge on Saturdays (weather permitting). All equipment is provided.

Contact Kevin if you are interested in participating.

3rd Sunday of each month, time TBA
Just Us Girls with HOPE More info...

Brenda Galloway and HOPE hosts a support gathering for young mothers from the community. See for more information.

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Latest News

In the Media

The CPrV© strategy behind Sokoto House and its partner organizations is in full swing in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Read an article about this implementation on or view the full report & plan on the Buncombe County website.

Read about local efforts by Sokoto House and its core partners in the article below.

Read the full article on StarNews Online (paywall)
View article (PDF)

New Weekly Programs! Time After Time and Free Showers!

Two new weekly programs have been added! On Wednesdays from 5PM-6PM, NC Rights Initiative holds its Time After Time support group meeting for the formerly incarcerated. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10AM until 1PM, Family and Community sponsors Free Showers!

Friday Programs: 2nd Friday Family Fun Garden Party & 3rd Friday Dance Class

In addition to the First Friday Family Fun Days organized by H.O.P.E., other Friday programs continue at Sokoto House! On the 2nd Friday of each month from 5-8PM will be dance classes, and the 3rd Friday of each month will feature a Family Fun Garden Party from 5-8PM. Both programs are FREE and open to all ages!

Limited Edition T-shirts!

Get them while they last while helping Sokoto House fund its operations. There are three different designs to choose from, or get one of each! All sales directly contribute to operational expenses such as utiltiy bills, supplies, maintenance, etc. Any shirts ordered must be picked up at Sokoto House.

Please note that the first 2 designs shown are due in at the end of May. We are taking pre-orders for these designs, but pickup won't be available until later this month.

T-shirts for sale on our Square shop

Meet our inaugural class of CHW-VPP graduates!

Featured Endorsements

Sokoto House has been recognized by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 417 as a valued partner organization.

The Sokoto House, located at 1219 Dawson Street in Wilmington, NC has been a host to IATSE Local 417 during our union organizing efforts and our continuous workforce training and development over the 2021-2022 calendar cycles. With the help of Vance Williams and the Sokoto House community activation team, we, the members of IATSE Local 417 have found safe harbor and devoted ourselves in alliance with the missions of The Sokoto House.

Read the letter [PDF]

Vance and Sokoto House has also been endorsed by Midway Parking, LLC as a valued partner.

Vance and The Sokoto House came highly recommended through my Events Coordinator, and since we've begun a partnership with them, I cannot recommend their services highly enough.

Read the letter [PDF]

CCCVPS Initiative

Sokoto House is the headquarters of the Cape Fear's Comprehensive CommUNITY Violence Prevention Strategy (CCCVPS), an initiative principally coordinated by Quality Life Blueprint, Advance Youth Outreach and Lily Nicole Nichelle.

CCCVPS is an initiative and implementation plan based on successful, evidence-based curricula to benefit the community as a priority, as well as address New Hanover County's acknowledgement of racism as a public health crisis and provide a solution to answer the City of Wilmington's call to action through the Rise Together Initiative.

Screen capture of CCCVPS web page


Photos from many events and programs are now available on our Gallery page!

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