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The Official Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group / Event  / 3rd Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Luncheon

3rd Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Luncheon


The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Annual Luncheon will celebrate its third year on Friday, October 5.  The luncheon raises funds for the development of a wax figure of Henrietta Lacks for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and the Henrietta Lacks Endowed Scholarship at the Community College of Baltimore County.  

In addition to honoring the Woman of the Year, Man of the Year, Business Owner of the Year, and the man or woman with extraordinary work rendered in support of HLLG, Historic Turner Station, and historic structures throughout the state of Maryland, the annual program allows an opportunity for the community, health professionals, scholars, activists, and others to share insights on extending the legacy of Mrs. Lacks.

The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, Congressman, 7th District of Maryland will offer remarks on the importance of Mrs. Lacks’ legacy to the state and the world.  He will also receive an appreciation award for his efforts to extend Mrs. Lacks’ legacy throughout the country.  

Mr. “Ted” Theodore Mack, far right


Additional honorees include:  Mrs. Juanita Morton, Woman of the Year; Pastor Eric Johnson, Man of the Year; Mr. Vaughn Green, Business Owner of the Year; and Mr. Theodore Mack will receive the HLLG Service Award.  


HLLG is a non-profit ( 501 c 3) organization that exists to protect, preserve, and promote the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to modern medicine via HeLa cells.  It also exists to serve as a clearing house for activities that extend Lacks’ legacy and the history of Turner Station, Maryland, where Lacks resided at the time of her death.  


Among other activities, HLLG coordinates the Henrietta Lacks Black History Month Annual Essay and Video Competition; sponsors the Annual African American Steel Workers Program, and spearheads the drive to issue a US commemorative postage stamp of Mrs. Lacks.

The key note speaker, Dr. Kamila A. Alexander, is described as a star faculty member in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.  Her research focuses on prevention of sexual health outcome disparities and the complex roles that structural determinants such as intimate partner violence, societal gender expectations, and limited economic opportunities play in the experience of intimate human relationships.

Using health equity and social justice lenses, she aims to learn why men and women make particular sexual decisions and convey those decisions to their emotional partners, how we can promote safe relationships, and how we might expand current prevention efforts to mitigate intimate partner violence, unintended pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Her research stems from over 10 years of public health clinical practice in domestic and international communities’ living at the margins of society.

The Third Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Luncheon, scheduled for Friday, October 5, 2018 from 12:00 pm-2:30 pm has sold out of tickets.  The annual luncheon raises funds for the creation of a wax figure of Henrietta Lacks for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and for the Henrietta Lacks Scholarship Endowment at the Community College of Baltimore County.  


Donations to support the wax figure and the scholarship are still being accepted.  For more information, contact HLLG at or call Mrs. Carlisa Jones at (443) 857-9279.