Friday, 22 September 2023

Feb. 23 Unitarian service looks at Henrietta Lacks' legacy

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – The service at the Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County on Sunday, Feb. 23, will be led by visiting minister, Rev. Sonya Sokalski.

The service begins at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 3810 Main St. in Kelseyville.

Guests are encouraged to attend.

In recognition of Black History Month, Rev. Sokalski’s topic is, “Henrietta Lacks’ Legacy to You.”

Lacks was a black woman who was the unwitting source of cells which were cultured by George Otto Gey to create the first known human immortal cell line for medical research.

This is now known as the HeLa cell line.

“Lacks contributed immeasurably to modern medicine, but many do not know her amazing story of immortality,” said Sokalski.

Sokalski serves as the director of Faith Community Engagement for Specialty Studios and The Video Project in the Bay area.

For more information, call 707-587-4243.

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