Events / MLK 2022 – Cultivating Empathy and Change: Recognizing the Life and Legacy of Henrietta Lacks, Film and Discussion

MLK 2022 – Cultivating Empathy and Change: Recognizing the Life and Legacy of Henrietta Lacks, Film and Discussion

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Zoom (Virtual), 660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

This event is hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) and  the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS)

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.  We will view part of the 1997 documentary film The Way of All Flesh, with reflecting remarks by Dr. Darrell Hudson, Associate Professor at the Brown School. An opportunity for discussion with the audience will also be facilitated.

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MLK 2022 - Cultivating Empathy and Change - Recognizing the Life and Legacy of Henrietta Lacks and Her Immortal Cells

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Washington University School of Medicine sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Washington University School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in advance at 314-273-2809 or MedDEI@wustl.edu.