Delta Sigma Theta Book Club

book-Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksCome and be a part of the riveting discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot on Sunday, April 27, 2016, from 4-6 p.m. at the Delta House, 218 South French Broad Avenue in Asheville.

According to a description of the book on, Henrietta Lacks was known to scientists as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more.

Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

Eric Roston of the Washington Post said that it is “Vivid . . . Reads like a novel . . . A deftly crafted investigation of a social wrong committed by the medical establishment as well as the scientific and medical miracles to which it led. Oprah Winfrey has teamed with Alan Ball to produce an HBO telepic based on this bestseller.

Members of the community are invited to gather and enjoy intellectual, cultural, and stimulating discussions. Those attending should have read the work being discussed. The club will meet every three months and will focus on African American culture, history, and politics. Books on other themes also will be considered.

For more information or if you plan to attend this discussion, contact Eula Shaw at or (828) 277-5625. In order to plan for the discussion, it’s important to know how many will attend.


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