HLLG Luncheon 2022

The Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 12: 00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. It will be a virtual event and free. Participants must register to secure the link to the event.

The HLLG Annual Luncheon raises funds for the creation of a wax figure of Henrietta Lacks and the Henrietta Lacks Scholarship Endowment at the Community College of Baltimore County. It also offers a venue to share insights on Mrs. Lacks and to honor Turner Station residents, former residents, and friends for contributions made to the legacy of Henrietta Lacks or that of historic Turner Station. Mrs. Lacks, by all accounts, is a figure whose reach is global. Extending the legacy of this very important African American woman does much to combat historical erasure that befalls so many of our important historical figures.

This year, HLLG is proud to honor the following people and organizations:
  • Mrs. Diane Wilkes, Woman of the Year
  • Dr. Roland Pattillo, Man of the Year
  • St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Service Award
  • CT Associates-Lyon Homes, Business of the Year

The Board of Directors of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group would like to send a huge heartfelt thank you to the sponsors of the 2022 Luncheon. They include:

  • The Baltimore County Aluma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
  • Milwaukee Community Journal
  • Squires Italian Restaurant and Catering
  • The Community College of Baltimore County
  • Bay Vanguard Bank
  • Mr. Vaugh Green
  • Ms. Linda G. Morris
  • Mr. Linwood Jackson

Ms. Aiyana Rodgers

Additionally, Ms. Aiyana Rodgers, great granddaughter of Mrs. Lacks, will provide the keynote address.

Save the date.

For more information contact us at: Hlackslegacy@gmail.com or Mrs. Carlisa Jones at at 443.857.9279.

Servant Courtney Speed presents a $1,000.00 check to Mr. Kenneth Westery for the Community College of Baltimore County Henrietta Lacks Scholarship Fund.

The Official Website of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group

Our Mission

A non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, HLLG exists to protect, preserve and promote the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and her singular contributions to modern medicine. Mrs. Lacks’ cells, known as the HeLa cells, have had a world-wide effect on medical advances such as the development of the polio vaccine, the HIV vaccine, gene mapping, cloning, in vitro fertilization, and cancer treatments. HeLa cells are still being used worldwide in laboratories. HLLG also recognizes the importance of promoting historic Turner Station, Maryland, where Lacks resided at the time of her death.

Achieving Our Mission

Among other educational activities, the group has and continues to:
• Coordinate the annual Henrietta Lacks Essay and Video Competition for middle and high school students nationally
• Present the Annual HLLG Luncheon
• Present the Annual Black Steel Workers Program
• Direct Turner Station Community Tours
• Raise funds for a wax figure of Mrs. Lacks for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
• Co-sponsor the Turner Station Girl Scouts

Who is Henrietta Lacks?

The amazing Henrietta Lacks, born in 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia, has left a tremendous contribution to science and medicine. Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951. Cells taken from her body without her knowledge were used to form the HeLa cell line, which has been used extensively in medical research since that time.
Read her biography here.

Henrietta Lacks Awards Luncheon 2021-BlueRock

The Virtual Henrietta Lacks Luncheon

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Fall 2021 Tours of Turner Station, MD 21222

5th Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Steelworkers Program

Henrietta Lacks to Be Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame

Six women who helped shape the country will join the National Women’s Hall of Fame posthumously on December 10, 2020. Mrs. Lacks was nominated by the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, and vice president Dr. Adele Newson-Horst will speak at the event.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Kadir Nelson and the JKBN Group LLC.

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5th Annual Steelworkers Luncheon

On April 3rd, HLLG presented its Fifth Annual Steel Workers Program. This year’s keynote speaker was Mr. Bill Barry, Labor Historian and Mr. Lee Douglass, First African American Shop Steward at Sparrows Point, was honored for his service. This program commemorates the contributions of African American Steel workers in the development of Sparrows Point, Turner Station, Baltimore County and the surrounding community.

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