February 09, 2012
David "Sonny" Lacks - Reception & Book Signing
David “Sonny” Lacks — a son of Henrietta Lacks, as featured in the New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — will address his mother’s legacy in a lecture for the community, “The U.S. Healthcare System: Reflected in the Lives of Henrietta Lacks and Her Family,” on Tuesday, March 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University.
In 1951, a sample of cancer cells from Henrietta Lacks was taken without her consent and used for medical research. While the research obtained through the use of Henrietta Lacks’ cells led to advances in cancer treatment, the polio vaccine, and gene mapping, the Lacks family neither benefited from, nor knew of the research. Yet Henrietta Lacks’ cells are still the most widely used in medical research today.
This free event is sponsored by the Governors State University Intellectual Life Committee, the GSU College of Health and Human Services, and the GSU College of Education.
Though the event is free, seating is limited and online registration is required by March 20 at www.govst.edu/Henrietta_Lacks/