The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (OBOC 2017-2018)

One Book, One College 2017-2018

Henrietta's Story

Henrietta Lacks

A good summary of Henrietta Lacks's story can be found in the article "Henrietta's Dance." Rebecca Skloot wrote this article for Johns Hopkins Magazine in 2000, ten years before the publication of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Newspaper Articles

Magazine and Journal Articles

Video & Audio

The Story Continues

In 2013, three years after the publication of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, scientists succesfully sequenced the genome of the HeLa cell and published the entire genome online. They did not ask permission from the Lacks family. After months of discussion, the Lacks family agreed to a deal that would allow limited use of the HeLa genome while still maintaining their genetic privacy.

The Mother of Modern Medicine by Kadir Nelson, oil on linen, 2017.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Kadir Nelson and the JKBN Group LLC.

The Congressional Record

Crownsville State Hospital

In Chapter 33 of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Deborah Lacks and Rebecca Skloot visit Crownsville State Hospital, the former Hospital for the Negro Insane, where Elsie Lacks was held until her death.