House of Consciousness

The House of Consciouness (formally known as "The Self Improvement Educational Center") is proud to continue a rich history of being an African Bookstore & Community Center of over 20 years on 35th street!  We currently house a multitude of programs and classes for the community. We do "Feed the Children" every summer that provides FREE breakfast and dinner to 100 community children every day.  We assist members in the community with food and clothing drives.  We offer FREE books to the community for those that can not afford reading materials.  We have housed a number of national speakers, such as, Master Ashra Kwesi, Dr. Runoko Rashidi, Dr. Barishango, Dr. Llaila Africa, Prof. Griff, Irritated Genie, Sara Suten Seti, Queen Afua and many many more! We are fighting with all of our spirit to keep this much needed institution alive! The building that we currently operate out of is being condemed and sold by the city.  We are very happy to announce our move to 633 W. 35st which is much larger and will allow us to have the space to facilitate more community programs and add wonderful features!  We will be adding a Library, Art Gallery for local artist, and a Community based garden! We also will be setting up new programs, such as, a Chess Club, Garden Group (for children and adults), Finance classes, Gold/Silver Club, Music classes for children & adults (piano and guitar) and operation "Clean Our Communities"! We are asking for donations to assist in purchasing the materials needed to build out HOC's new home. We are honored that members of the community have stepped up to lend a hand in building, but we are lacking funds! Bookstores are getting phased out very quickly! We need centers that are going to assist the community to move forward and we have been doing so for many years.  Help us continue to stand strong for our community!
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Dre'a Walker 
Norfolk, VA
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