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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, March 9 & 10, 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 March 9 and 10.

Please drop off any donated goods on Friday, March 8 between 10 am and 8 pm.

Concluded (Monday, December 18, Noon - 4 PM)
lcl and AYO presented: Kindness Boxes Giveaway More info...

Advance Youth Outreach partnered with the lowercase leaders to put together Kindness Boxes for the holidays.

Concluded (Sunday, November 26, 1 - 5 PM)
Sunday Fun Day More info...

Concluded (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 20-22 , 6:00-9:00 PM)
3rd Annual Cape Fear Community Racial & Health Equity Summit More info...

Our 3rd Annual Summit was on October 20-22, with a theme of "#BeTheSolution: Understanding Power & Healing the Community."

A HUGE thank you to all those who sponsored the event with their heartfelt and generous donations, all those who made the Summit possible, all the Community Health Workers and community members from near and far who came to join us.

Recordings of all the Summit sessions will be made available (around early-mid November) to anyone who attended in-person or virtually. If you could not attend in-person or via Zoom but would still like access to the session recordings, please contact us with your request.

More details of the summit are on our Summit page.

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Regularly Scheduled Programs

Every Friday, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Food Pantry with HOPE & Agape House of Love Food Ministry More info...

HOPE and the Agape House of Love Food Ministry sponsor a free food distribution every Friday at Sokoto House.

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 Other Saturday beginning Feb 17, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Housing Meeting More info...

Advance Youth Outreach and New Hanover For All will hold meetings regarding the housing problems in New Hanover County every other Saturday at Sokoto House. These meetings are open to the community.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are on hold for the winter, but will resume as soon as temperatures allow (likely in March).

First 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

Next Event: Completely Free Community Market

Sokoto House and the lowercase leaders will host another Completely Free Community Market on March 9 and 10! Drop off for donation of goods will be Friday, March 8 from 10am-8pm.

Completely Free Community Market

New Program: Food Pantry

H.O.P.E. and the Agape House of Love Food Ministry are sponsoring a free food distribution every Friday at Sokoto House.

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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