SPH DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SEMINAR: SPH READS—The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: A Conversation with the Family of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Black woman who died in 1951 from cervical cancer at age 31. Prior to her death, a sample of her tumor was taken, and without her knowledge or consent, given to a tissue culture scientist who was attempting to find cells that would survive indefinitely in the laboratory. Henrietta’s cells did just that, signaling a medical and scientific breakthrough, and subsequently launching a multimillion dollar industry of which her family was unaware, and from which they never received compensation. Speakers: David Lacks Jr., the grandson of Henrietta Lacks, and Shirley Lacks, Henrietta Lacks’ daughter-in-law. Live-streaming is available during the event.