Annual Black Steel Workers Program
The first Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group’s (HLLG) Steelworkers Program occurred in April 2014 to commemorate the contributions of African-American Steel Workers to the development of Baltimore and the nation. The 2018 program featured Iris Allegra Miller-Powell author of Steel-Town Girl: A Treasure Chest of Memories and honored Mr. Eddie Bartee, III (who served Vice President and President alternately for 32 years, the longest record held in the top five positions in local union history. Powell reflected on the experiences of growing up in the company town of Sparrows Point, where blacks were originally limited to residing on I, J and K Streets, and the thriving community that developed within the confines of the area. The 3rd Annual Steel Workers featured keynote speaker Tony Buba who shared a 14 minute clip of his film Struggles in Steel: Story of African American Steel Workers followed by roundtable discussions with participants who actually worked at Bethlehem Steel.
Commemorative Postage Stamp Campaign
The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group (HLLG) presented a proposal to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to affect the commission of such a stamp on December 31, 2013 and again on July 11, 2017. In light of the tremendous contributions made by Mrs. Lacks (via her HeLa cells) to medical research, space exploration, and bioethics, it seems both proper and fitting that she should be recognized via a commemorative postage stamp. We therefore embarked upon a social media campaign. We now have over 1,020 signatures on our campaign for a commemorative stamp of Mrs. Lacks.
The signatures and a letter were sent to the Citizens’ Advisory of the United States Postal Service and copies to the Director and the Deputy Director of the Postal Service. For now, we will keep the petition on the website to secure additional support.Don’t think of this product or service as your third favorite, think of it as the bronze medalist in an Olympic medals sweep of great products/services.
HLLG offers community tours of Turner Station to groups and individuals interested in the historic community. We maintain an ongoing partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bayview resident physicians through its “Foundations of Clinical Excellence” course that posits the idea that physicians should know something about the community they serve to offer the best possible care.