AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta University partnered with Lifelink of Georgia to host The Perfect Gift: The African American Organ Transplantation Project.

Organizers for this even say that it highlights African American organ transplant recipients, living organ donors, and the families of deceased donors. 

Lifelink says it is committed to educating and inspiring the public to save lives through organ and tissue donation. People gathered at Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library at Augusta University to see the exhibit.

"We want to bring awareness to how important organs and tissue donations are in the African American community." Says Bobby Howard Lifelink's Director of the Multicultural Donation Education Program.

Howard is a kidney transplant recipient, and he shares with us how he got through it. 

"One of the things I've learned over the years is when you get knocked down you have to get back up." Said, Howard. 

Mayor Garnet Johnson proclaims August of this year as National Minority Donors Awareness Month.  

The amazing photographs in the exhibit were shot by no other than, Johnny Crawford. He says, to capture someone's true self, you have to take the time to get to know them. 

"I asked her if there was something else she wanted to do. She said she wanted to show me her guns." Said, Crawford.

Crawford wanted to show that it is possible to photograph African Americans in black and white and show them in their true form. 

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