Film: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Location: DER 313
In the 1950s, an African American woman by the name of Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Doctors took her cancerous cells without her or her family’s permission, and her cells have since led to scientific breakthroughs that have changed the face of medicine forever. It is because of her cells that there are currently treatments for polio, Parkinson’s disease, influenza, and leukemia.
Today her cells are used worldwide for scientific research and are popularly known as HeLa cells. This movie follows Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah Lacks, on a quest to learn about the mother that she never got the chance to know.
This event is sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Association and Student Senate at Edgewood College.
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