Wellness Wishers: Black Women Helping Us Live Healthier Lives

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  • Harriet Washington
  • Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown
  • Henrietta Lacks
  • Hilary Beard
  • Jeanette Jenkins
  • We Can Do It!
  • First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Jocelyn Elders
  • Alicia Keys
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney
  • Dr. Rachael Ross
  • Myra Adele Logan
  • Michelle Williams
  • Mamie Phipps Clark
  • Nicole Ari Parker
  • Dr. Michelle Gourdine
  • Rebecca Lee Crumpler
  • K. Michelle
  • Marvelyn Brown
  • Dr. Regina Benjamin

Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks never consented to having her cervical cells taken and cultured in a lab, but her cells were the first known human immortal cells used in medical research. Now referred to as the HeLa cell line, these cells have been used in AIDS, cancer, gene mapping and other scientific work. Her life is being turned into an HBO film produced by Oprah Winfrey. 

(Photo: Lacks Family via The Henrietta Lacks Foundation/AP Photo)

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