Augusta University, Paine College and the Columbia County Library to host events in honor of Henrietta Lacks 

Augusta University, Paine College and the Columbia County Library will host three events to honor the legacy of Henrietta Lacks.

Arguably one of the most important women in medical history, Lacks changed medical research in 1951 when her cells were taken from her cervical cancer biopsy without her knowledge or approval. These cells, known as “HeLa” cells, were the first to be medically reproduced and are still widely used in medical research today.

Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, along with members of the Lacks family, will be attending events in the CSRA during Black History Month. The first event will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at the Columbia County Library. There will be a keynote speech and Q & A session, followed by a reception and book signing.

The second event will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, with a meet and greet with the Lacks family in the Candler Library on the Paine College campus. Lunch will be served on a “first come, first served” basis.

The last event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in the Lee Auditorium at the Augusta University Health Sciences campus. There will be a moderated conversation and Q & A session, followed by a reception and book signing.

These events are being organized by Jim Minick and Anna Harris-Parker, assistant professors in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Augusta University.

For more information, please contact Jim Minick at 706-737-1500 or jminick@augusta.edu, or the Columbia County Library at 706-863-1946.