Henrietta Lacks is one of the most well-known examples of medical exploitation on a Black body. It is far from the only example.

The family of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman whose cells were unlawfully used to make groundbreaking discoveries in medicine and science, have reached a private settlement deal with the biotech company, Thermo Fisher Scientific. 

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A statue honoring Henrietta Lacks’ contributions to medical research will rise in her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia.

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Johns Hopkins University recently shared that it would name one of their campus buildings after Henrietta Lacks.

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The National Portrait Gallery recently acquired a painting of Henrietta Lacks.


Oprah plays the daughter of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were stolen and sold globally, generating billions in medical advancements. HBO premieres The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Saturday, April 22 at 8 pm ET.

From HBO Films announced that it has acquired the rights to Rebecca Skloot’s non-fiction bestseller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and will develop a film for HBO based on the book.