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June 16, 2017
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(BPRW) Exhibit Honoring Henrietta Lacks Kicks off 13-City Tour at African-American Health Equity Summit in D.C., Bringing Together More Than 200 National and Local Community and Health Advocates

(Black PR Wire) WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An exhibit honoring the medical science contributions of Henrietta Lacks launches a 13-city tour Monday, June 19 – Juneteenth – at a national summit of more than 200 national and local civic, business, health and community leaders who are setting an action plan to reduce breast cancer mortality in African-American women.

African-American Health Equity Summit in partnership with Susan G. Komen and Fund II Foundation

June 19, 2017, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Juneteenth Health Equity Celebration: Reclaiming Our Story: An Exhibit & Conversation on Health Equity with the Lacks Family

June 20, 2017, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. African-American Health Equity Summit

Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

June 19:
Jeri Lacks and David Lacks, Jr., grandchildren of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cancer cells were used, without her knowledge or consent, in countless medical and scientific breakthroughs
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas)
The Hon. Muriel Bowser, Mayor, Washington, D.C. (Invited)
Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Bobby Hill, Keystone State Boychoir

June 20:

More than 200 community, health and business leaders from the following cities: Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas; Memphis; Los Angeles (representing California Coalition); St. Louis; Houston; Virginia Beach, Va.; Philadelphia; and Washington, DC.

Event will be streamed live on Facebook beginning at 8 a.m. EDT June 20.
Interview opportunities on site or ahead of the event.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.