Delta Sigma Theta Book Club – April 2016

book-Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksLast month we informed our readers about the upcoming discussion of Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by the Delta Sigma Theta Book Club.

To our chagrin, we published the wrong date. The correct date is Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. at the Delta House, 218 South French Broad Avenue in Asheville.

Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 and became vital tools in developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Her cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

The book 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.

Members of the community who have read the book are invited to gather and enjoy an intellectual, cultural, and stimulating discussion. 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.

The Delta Sigma Theta Book Club meets every three months and focuses on African American culture, history, and politics. Books on other themes are also considered.


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