MADISON, WI – Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) joined Rev. Dr. Alexander Gee to announce federal funding for the Center for Black Excellence and Culture in Madison. This important center received $1,000,000 in funding through the recently passed government funding bill.

Rep. Mark Pocan said, “The Center for Black Excellence will inspire the next generation of leaders and foster talent right here in Madison. I was honored to advocate on behalf of The Center, securing $1,00,000 in federal funding for the project. I hope this facility becomes a model for other centers across the country, catalyzing positive change. I want to thank Dr. Gee and all of the advocates for bringing this project to my attention.”

Rev. Dr. Alexander Gee said, “Congressman Pocan has gone above and beyond to get funding for The Center. It goes beyond the $1 million in the federal budget. In the last few weeks, some in Washington, D.C. were trying to rescind $225 million in state and local government grants that were already committed to Wisconsin, the same type of grants that have already provided $5 million for The Center.

“Congressman Pocan led the effort to save that money and ensure worthy projects like the Center receive the funds they need and deserve.”

Rep. Pocan addressing the media with Dr. Gee and supporters of the Center for Black Excellence and Culture

About the Center for Black Excellence and Culture:

With offerings spanning the arts, leadership development, wellness and more, The Center will forever change the opportunities and outcomes for the Black community, while carrying profound advancements in business, education, entertainment and everyday life for all residents across the region and state. More details about The Center’s offerings and historical significance can be found at

The Center is on track to break ground in late 2022.

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