Eastern Tech students provided first-hand account of the contributions of Henrietta Lacks

Grandson of Baltimore author speaks to English classes, award winners
Posted on 01/30/2018
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On Monday, January 22, Alfred Carter Lacks, grandson of Henrietta Lacks, spoke to English classes at Eastern Tech about the life and legacy of his grandmother’s contributions to medical research. He elaborated on his grandmother’s medical history, her journey, both before and after death, and emphasized the pride that his family has for the scientific contributions that her cells have made. Despite the trials and tribulations experienced in order to gain recognition for his grandmother’s sacrifice, Mr. Lacks focused on the positive impact that the generous spirit of Henrietta Lacks has had on many. Among students attending the presentation were the five Eastern Tech award winners of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy group essay and video competition. Students had to write an essay or submit a video which argued a singular contribution that Henrietta Lacks made to modern medicine, and why it is important to remember her legacy today.  

All first place submissions will be posted on the Henrietta Lacks Legacy group website ( ), and winners will also be recognized at the group’s Black History Month Event scheduled for February 25, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., at Greater St. John Baptist Church, 209 Walnut Avenue, Turner Station, MD 21222.  Parents, teachers, and loved ones of students are encouraged to attend.

From left: Erin Hitchcock (Eastern Tech English teacher), Award winner Kiet Nguyen, Alfred Carter Lacks, Award winner Chika Chima