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Join the first of a two-day event examining race, class, gender and bioethics through the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells were removed from her body during a biopsy in 1951.
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Location: Macon Library, Brooklyn Library, 361 Lewis Av., Brooklyn New York
Join descendants of Henrietta Lacks and Spencer R. Crew, Ph.D., the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of African American, American, and Public History at George Mason University, and curator of Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876- 1968, one of eleven inaugural exhibitions to be featured at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as family members provide their perspectives on the life and contributions of their grandmother to biomedical research. Together, Dr. Crew and the Lacks family will explore the scientific achievements and the ethical issues surrounding the use of cancer cells collected from Mrs. Lacks.
Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time: 2 p.m. EST
Location: Central Library, Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, New York
Brooklyn Public Library, May 17, 2014 - Welcoming the Spirit Home: A Community Celebration of Henrietta Lacks and May 18, 2014 - Giving Voice to the Next Chapter: The Descendants of Henrietta Lacks Speak