The Center

For Black Excellence and Culture

Boldly built by Black minds, hearts, and hands, The Center is a community-wide effort to bring together a collective Black brilliance to affirm, inspire and advance the Black community in Madison and beyond.

When the Black Community Thrives, the Region Benefits

Madison’s need for The Center is clear, and we can only make it a reality if the city’s philanthropic community, business community, and individual donors come together to build this project that will benefit all of us from Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, and beyond. To learn more about the project, download our case statement.

In Honor of Ms. Verline Gee (Nov. 10, 1939 – Jan. 1, 2024) The Gee family began 2024 with a difficult loss.

For decades, Ms. Verline created a profound impact in the Madison community as a mentor to young leaders, social worker, poet, published author, family therapist, faith community leader, and, above all, a cherished mother and grandmother. Many supporters of the Gee’s have kindly asked about a memorial. In lieu of gifts or flowers, Alex and Lilada invite you to make a donation to The Center, allowing us to share her incredible story and continue her legacy of community building through a senior space and senior programming dedicated in her honor.

Attorneys for Black Excellence

Help us raise $250,000 to build The Center and raise awareness about the importance of Black Professional representation within the legal community and beyond.

Madison’s Black community needs a place to come together.

A place to cultivate and celebrate our culture. A place to fill up on inspiration, opportunities and hope so we can take all that positivity back out into the world.

Madison needs The Center for Black Excellence and Culture.

The Black community wants to be proud to call Wisconsin home. A space to celebrate our culture and showcase our excellence makes this possible."

The Center’s CEO and Founder

Reverend Dr. Alex Gee, Jr. has long lamented Madison’s absence of Black cultural space. A lifelong Madison resident, his vision for The Center is clear: rebuild our people, rebuild our culture, rebuild our wealth and, ultimately, rebuild our community.

For the first time in history, Black Madison is leading every aspect of a multimillion-dollar initiative. A powerhouse team of Black leaders have joined Alex to bring this vision to life, and hundreds of Black voices are impacting the creation of The Center at every turn. Many organizations have also stepped up to lend their support.