Black Excellence Campaign

Building Our Community Together

August 15 – October 15

We are asking hundreds of Black people to give the first gifts towards the building of The Center. Let’s show that we have the power and commitment of the Black community to make this project happen! Our goal is to raise $50,000 from up to 500 Black contributors by October 15. Give in your name, your children’s names and/or in memoriam of a Black elder.

Be a Part of This Historic Moment in Madison

This is the first multi-million dollar transformational project in Madison, led by and for the Black community. This is our time – the time to show the strength and leadership of our community.

Follow Our Progress

Black donations of any size from $10 – $10,000+ will be recognized on our website, on our social media, and on a special tribute honoring the first Black donors of The Center inside our future building.*

THANK YOU to the following Black donors who have contributed to our Black Excellence campaign!

In Honor and Memory


Rev. Lilada Gee, in memory of:

  • Lilian Evans

  • Homer Grays, Sr. 

  • Eli & Mary Johnson 

  • Clifford Knights

  • Annie Laura Taylor

  • Ada Johnson

In memory of LaVelle F. Rudd 

In honor of Mr. Arree Macon

Constance Miles, in memory of Ms. Milele Chikasa Anana.

Nigel Hayes-Davis, in honor of Talaya and Albert Davis 

Katrina Nelson, in honor of John Ike Moton

Donna Gilbert, in memory of Melissa Michelle Gilbert

Mona Adams Winston, in memory of Ms. Addrena “Supergram” Matthews Squires

Ms. Pia Kinney James, in honor of Herman and Doris Barlow Kinney

Sherry and John Lucille, in honor of Mabel Gaines and Ada Lucille

Jeremiah and Desiree Fleming, in memory of Jeremiah and Bessie Fleming

Annette Miller, in honor of Arlene, Jerry, and June Miller

In honor of Kylie Schmitt and Desi Schmitt

*We welcome and appreciate gifts from our non-Black supporters, too and will recognize your donations on our Center giving wall inside the future building.
Black Excellence Campaign Progress

The Black Excellence Committee