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MLK 2022: Cultivating Empathy and Change: Recognizing the Life and Legacy of Henrietta Lacks, Film and Discussion

Tuesday, January 18 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Event

We are excited to share something to look forward to with annual MLK Week Commemoration 2022! The week will feature a keynote address by Jonathan Metzl followed by a conversation with Dean Perlmutter. Also featured is the annual State of Diversity at WUSM by Sherree Wilson, associate vice chancellor and associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion at WUSM. We will host community discussions on WUSM Leadership’s Commitment to Anti-racism, and other opportunities for learning and fostering well-being as we work for change.   

This event is hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) and  the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS)

Born in rural Roanoke, Virginia, on August 1, 1920, Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman, wife and mother of five. She also became the “Mother of Modern Medicine,” changing the world with her immortal HeLa cells. Henrietta’s HeLa cells, taken without her or her family’s knowledge or consent, would become responsible for some of the greatest scientific advancements of the last century and continue to benefit all of humanity.  We will view part of the 1997 documentary film The Way of All Fleshwith reflecting remarks by Dr. Darrell Hudson, Associate Professor at the Brown School. An opportunity for discussion with the audience will also be facilitated.

Please register to attend this event here!

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Lectures & Presentations


School of Medicine


Medicine & Health


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Event Contact

Valerie Joyner | valeriejoyner@wustl.edu

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