Henrietta Lacks was a poor African-American woman with cervical cancer. Doctors took her cells without her knowledge and used them for research. And they’ve been used in tens of thousands of research studies. Now nearly 60 years after her death, Morgan State University in Baltimore has awarded her an honorary degree. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel have more.
I remember seeing a special about her on t.v. where they also talked to some of her relatives. I wish I could remember what show it was on.
There’s a book on her and what her cells have done for science and our health — and the racism her life and story has felt. It is called the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’ve been wanting to read it, but just haven’t gotten to it yet.
“I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn’t let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness - I want to turn my disability into ability.”—Susan Boyle (via mssiegelsays)
“Children who enter school with small vocabularies tend to add fewer words each year than children who enter with larger vocabularies. Since vocabulary size is so closely related to children’s comprehension as they move through school, there is a sense of urgency about intensifying efforts to build more and deeper word meaning stores for all children.”—Classrooms that Work: They Can All Read and Write By Patricia M. Cunningham and Richard L. Allington, 2007. Page 90.