Who We Are

The Carl Maxey Center (CMC) is a Black-led and Black-centered non-profit, 501c3 organization, based in the East Central neighborhood of Spokane, Washington. CMC is both a neighborhood cultural center and gathering place, as well as a community based organization that provides programs and services  focused on addressing the needs of Spokane's African American/Black community.  

Our Mission

The mission of the Carl Maxey Center is to inspire, empower, uplift and advocate for Spokane’s Black community.

Our Vision

The Carl Maxey Center's vision is for the Spokane region’s Black community to be a model for building generational wealth, educational excellence, justice and cultural vibrancy. 

Our Areas of Work

  • Economic Development

Improving the economic well being and quality of life for Spokane's Black community with a focus on business and workforce development and building generational wealth.


  • Education 

Creating opportunities for learning, literacy, technological advancement, and educational excellence, and increasing our knowledge of and appreciation for Spokane's Black history.

  • Racial Equity and Justice

Addressing racial disparities and racial discrimination in policies, practices, systems, structures and distribution of resources, and working to achieve fairness, equal access and just treatment in Spokane's criminal legal system.

  • Cultural Enrichment

Preserving, celebrating and showcasing the cultural heritage of Black Spokane.

What We Believe

We believe it is important to know about the African American/Black experience. We, as a people, are resilient, long suffering, forgiving, uplifting, spiritual, passionate, joyful, innovative, and an integral part  of a vibrant community.

Therefore the Carl Maxey Center strives to change lives and improve the well-being of Spokane’s African American/Black community by expanding the educational, economic and cultural opportunities that are currently available, and by addressing the racial disparities and racial inequities that currently exist and have persisted in this area. We do this by supporting and sustaining the work and programs of the Carl Maxey Center to address our four areas of work.  

The long-term goal of the Carl Maxey Center is to transform Spokane’s African American/Black community from the inside out by creating the space, the opportunities and the infrastructure necessary for Black Spokane to identify and design our own solutions to address current and future challenges.