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    May 23, 2012

    World Book Night

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    World Book Night was celebrated in cities all over the United States on April 23, 2012 when 25,000 givers across the country distributed half a million free books, including The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It was an amazing night in Baltimore, Maryland where author Rebecca Skloot and the Lacks family distributed over 300 copies of The Immortal Life to adults who would otherwise never have gotten copies of the book.

    It was a whirlwind day of events beginning with Rebecca speaking at Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and doing Q&As together with the Lacks family. Then, Rebecca joined one of several groups of Lacks family members at various public locations in East Baltimore to give away copies of the book for World Book Night.

    Henrietta's son, David "Sonny" Lacks, opening WBN boxes

    Toni, Henrietta's grand-daughter

    Sonny looking to give away books

    Sonny giving away a book

    Sonny giving away books

    Henrietta's great-granddaughter, Veronica Spencer, gives away books

    Book recipient

    Book recipients

    The Crew (Rebecca and the Lacks family)

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