Following critical success of her book, Skloot established the Henrietta Lacks Foundation, which helps people "who have made important contributions to scientific research without personally benefitting from those contributions, particularly those used in research without their knowledge or consent". "She was very candid with me". And she's a very impressive person.
"They didn't want anybody to know those were her cells and didn't want her to be identified as this African-American woman".
Goldsberry, who portrays Lacks, said, "It's a story we can get so caught up in, the science of it, because it's still so controversial, but I love to talk about the beauty of just a woman who was so young, and seemingly so disenfranchised and the impact that she had, especially when you look at her family today and see all the things that they continue to contribute two generations, three generations later". "But I do think art is effective in getting the ball rolling and shifting culture in one way or another". "The rest of the family were consulted on this film", Winfrey responded.
She returned to campus in 2010 to deliver a reading and participate in a panel on biomedical issues. "My feeling is you don't get a right to complain if you haven't read the book". Another theater guest, Reverend Al Sharpton, said, "It really brought tears to your eyes", while Goldsberry's fellow 2016 Tony victor (for the Winfrey-produced revival of The Color Purple), Cynthia Erivo concluded, "There were just wonderful performances and it stole my heart".
Winfrey said, "It feels prophetic". The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was her first book, which became a New York Times notable book and was selected as best book of the year by more than 60 publications. "Her grandmother is someone who's a part of all of us now, in a literal way if we've had a polio vaccine".