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Henrietta Lacks Centennial CELLebration: Honoring Her Life and Legacy

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Zoom (Virtual), 660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
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All 2020 Diversity Week events will be virtual. You will receive a link to this event after you register.

Honoring Herstory

The Lacks Family has launched a year-long HELA100:  Henrietta Lacks Centennial CELLebration to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Henrietta Lacks.

Born in rural Roanoke, Virginia, on August 1, 1920, Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman, wife and mother of five. She also became the “Mother of Modern Medicine,” changing the world with her immortal HeLa cells. Henrietta’s HeLa cells, taken without her or her family’s knowledge or consent, would become responsible for some of the greatest scientific advancements of the last century and continue to benefit all of humanity.

This event will kick-off WUSM’s participation in HELA100! We will will view part of the 1997 documentary film The Way of All Flesh, hear from a panel of WashU experts, and leave time for Q & A.

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Henrietta Lacks Centennial CELLebration: Honoring Her Life and Legacy