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    March 17, 2011

    Virginia State Lawmakers Pass Resolution Honoring Henrietta Lacks

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    On February 18, 2011, Virginia state lawmakers, Johns Hopkins leaders, and officials from the American Cancer Society joined together in Richmond to celebrate the life of Henrietta Lacks. A ceremony was held in honor of Henrietta; among other things, they presented Henrietta’s family with a framed copy of a house resolution that was voted into the record.

    RESOLVED, That the House of Delegates, during Black History Month, celebrate the life of Henrietta Lacks, in honor of all who have ever faced discrimination and exploitation, and her amazing legacy, which has altered medical research and care and relieved the suffering of untold millions.

    Read the full record of Virginia House Resolution No. 74.

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