Thursday, 18 April 2024 16:30

Members of Henrietta Lacks’ Family to Speak at SaratogaREADS! Capstone Event Saturday

SARATOGA SPRINGS — In recognition of SaratogaREADS! 20th Anniversary, Saratoga Springs Public Library asked the community to reach into the archives and vote to revisit one the previous community read selections. 

By popular vote, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot was chosen. Through SaratogaREADS! programming, the library delved into a variety of the book’s themes over the last month - sexism, racism, classism, poverty, inequality, ethics, medicine, and more.

For this year’s capstone event, SaratogaREADS! and Skidmore College welcome two members of Henrietta Lacks’ family to Saratoga Springs, streaming to an in-person audience at Skidmore’s Gannett Auditorium, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, April 20 (rescheduled from March 23). 

Lacks’ great-grandaughter, Victoria Baptiste and daughter-in-law, Shirley Lacks will participate in a conversation about Henrietta’s legacy. This event does not require tickets or pre-registration, is open to all, and refreshments will be served.

For more information about SaratogaREADS!, please visit

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