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LifeLine: The Ultimate Bond Art Exhibition

LifeLine: The Ultimate Bond Art Exhibition

A Divine Nine exploration of truths in organ and tissue donation

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Lifeline: The Ultimate Bond Art Exhibition

Through the intersecting pillars of storytelling, artwork and historical data, Versiti’s innovative exhibit LifeLine: The Ultimate Bond serves as a much-needed catalyst for authentic dialogue and increased organ and tissue donor registration within Milwaukee’s African American community.

Educational in nature, this groundbreaking exhibition presents inspiring personal testimonies of organ and tissue donation by Milwaukee Divine Nine members. These encouraging accounts of survival are enriched through a powerful presentation of multimedia artwork by Wisconsin-based, African American creatives.

LifeLine: The Ultimate Bond is scheduled for a virtual opening at America’s Black Holocaust Museum on April 30, 2021, before traveling to other Milwaukee venues. We invite you to attend a virtual reception to celebrate the exhibit’s opening night.

LifeLine: The Ultimate Bond Virtual Launch, Artist Talk and Opening Reception

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021
Time: 6-7:30 pm
America’s Black Holocaust Museum (Virtual Launch)

Contact Us

Tonnie Boston

Manager of Community Outreach
Email 414-937-6029

Featured artists

  • Kierston Ghaznavi: Paper
  • Jerry Jordan: Paint
  • Rosy Petri: Fabric & Stitch
  • Sherman Pitts: Digital
  • Terrance Sims: Photography
  • Allison Westbrook: Digital
  • Brad Bernard: Digital/Paint
  • Allison Ssali: Paint & Mixed Media

Divine Nine members

  • Kobena-Marcus J. Collins: National Transplant Waitlisted for Kidney (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity)
  • Stacy Crouthers: Living Donor Kidney Recipient (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority)
  • Theo Gilbert: Kidney Recipient (Omega Psi Phi Fraternity)
  • Darlena Johnson: Kidney Recipient (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority)
  • Richard Lewis: Two-Time Kidney Recipient (Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity)
  • Ken Little: Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient (Omega Psi Phi Fraternity)
  • Representative LaKeshia Myers: Kidney Recipient (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority)
  • Patricia Lewis and son Ray: Kidney Recipient (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority)

About the Divine Nine

There are nine historically Black Greek letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Collectively, these organizations are referred to as the “Divine Nine” and have a global membership of more than 1.5 million. Each fraternity and sorority is rich in history and tied to multitudes of college-educated African Americans in the United States. All Divine Nine fraternities and sororities have existing chapters in Milwaukee.

How many people in your community need a life-saving organ?

The importance of a diverse organ and tissue donor registry

A diverse organ and tissue donor registry is crucial to serving patients in multiethnic communities. Did you know:

  • 60% of patients on the organ transplant waitlist come from multiethnic communities.
  • African Americans are the largest diverse race in need of organ transplants. Contributing factors are high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure, which increase the risk of organ failure.
  • Though 28.7% of the total candidates waiting for transplants are Black/African American, they made up only 12.5% of organ donors in 2019.
  • Only 25% of African American and Hispanic individuals who reside in Milwaukee are registered organ and tissue donors.
  • All major religions support organ and tissue donation and see it as a final act of love and generosity toward others.

Get involved

What can I do to increase organ and tissue donation in my community?

  • Register your decision to be a donor at donatelifewisconsin.org.
  • Tell your family and friends about your decision to register as a donor.
  • Help others learn more about registering by hosting an education session at your job, school or church. Learn more.

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