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On Friday, November 16, members of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group visited the Separate Public Day School, Claremont High School, to discuss Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to medicine.  The group also collected submissions from students. This marked the first time in 6 years that the Annual Essay and Video Competition accepted submissions from special...

Thank you to all of our supporters for your enthusiastic response, thus far.  HLLG heard back from the Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee via the Office of the Deputy Postmaster.  Unfortunately, CSAC will not consider our petition at this time.  However, we are invited to apply again in January 2019.  It is our full intention to...

By: Kamila Alexander, PhD, MPH, RN Dr. Kamila Alexander was the keynote speaker for the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group’s 3rd Annual Luncheon on Friday, October 5, 2018. This is her speech. It is important that we take time to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks. When I received the invitation to come talk to the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group,...

  [caption id="attachment_17573" align="alignnone" width="5484"] BALTIMORE, MD - MARCH 22: A photo of Henrietta Lacks, sits in the living room of her grandson, Ron Lacks, 57, n Baltimore, MD on March 22, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)[/caption]    Anne Branigin | Tuesday 10:55am Johns Hopkins University will pay tribute to Henrietta Lacks, the black woman...

Johns Hopkins University Names Medical Building After Henrietta Lacks In the early 1950s, the university’s hospital stole cells from Lacks, who has been called the “mother of modern medicine.”  By Alanna Vagianos ADVERTISEMENT Johns Hopkins University just announced that the school will name a new research building after Henrietta Lacks, the “mother of modern medicine” whose cancer cells revolutionized medical...

On July 1, 2018, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law the creation of the Henrietta Lacks Commission. Governor Northam proclaimed September 23-29, 2018 as Henrietta Lacks Legacy Week—to coincide with the inaugural meeting of the Henrietta Lacks Commission. The commission plans to create a biomedical cancer research center in Halifax, Virginia to honor Henrietta’s life and legacy....