Living Legend Ben Crump takes a break from the Southern University Law Center Inaugural Henrietta Lacks Symposium to discuss the civil case on behalf of the Lacks family to rectify the inhumane immoral criminal act committed in 1951. Henrietta Lacks cells were taken without her consent, known as HeLa, her cells became invaluable to medical research.
Count Time Podcast Living Legend Attorney Ben Crump
Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Genetic Justice for Henrietta Lacks – Interview with Ben Crump – Women’s History Month
Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman who lived in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1950s. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer and received treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During her “inhumane” treatment, her cells were taken without her knowledge or consent for medical research purposes. These cells, known as the HeLa cell line, were the first immortalized human cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. An immortalized cell line reproduces indefinitely, and were found to be unique in their ability to reproduce quickly and survive outside of the human body. The HeLa cells became instrumental in developing vaccines, cancer treatments, and other medical advancements. However, Henrietta and her family were unaware of the use of her cells for decades, and they did not receive any compensation or recognition for their contribution to medical research.
In recent years, there has been increased awareness of the ethical issues surrounding the use of Henrietta Lacks’ cells without her consent and the exploitation of her and her family’s story in medical research and publications. The Lacks family has called for greater transparency and respect for their family’s legacy and rights. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health reached an agreement with the Lacks family to give them some control over access to the HeLa cells’ DNA and to acknowledge the family’s contributions to medical research.
The story of Henrietta Lacks has raised important questions about the ethics of medical research and the need for greater respect for patients’ rights and autonomy. It has also highlighted the need for greater transparency and accountability in the use of human biological materials for research purposes.
About Ben Crump
Renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump founded Ben Crump Law PLLC with the abiding belief that justice equals respect. Because of this dedication to justice, the families of Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, Martin Lee Anderson, and Breonna Taylor all turned to Mr. Crump to turn the spotlight of justice on these cases. But changing the landscape on civil rights is only half the story.
Mr. Crump and his firm’s attorneys are all devoted to advocating for the voiceless of our society whenever or whatever kind of harm may have befallen them. From personal injury, labor and employment matters, class actions, and other lawsuits, our attorneys are dedicated to holding the powerful accountable for their actions.
Count Time Podcast Living Legend Dr. Joyce Marie Jackson
Dr. Jackson is the Chair and James J. Parsons Endowed Professor of the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University. From 2010 to 2016 she served as the university’s director of African and African American studies. Over the course of her career as a folklorist and ethnomusicologist, she has contributed numerous articles, essays, chapters, and other forms of media that further the understanding of African American culture and music, sacred and secular rituals in Africa and the diaspora. and more.
Now in their 37th year, the LEH Humanities Awards offer a collective opportunity to celebrate all the humanities have to offer and honor those who have made significant contributions to the understanding of Louisiana’s history and culture.
The Lifetime Contributions to the Humanities awards recognize those who have supported and been involved in public appreciation of issues central to the humanities.
Southern University Football Hall of Famer Charlie Granger, one of the Deacons for Defense and Justice. discusses Louisiana history that he helped make. Hear his journey from Lake Charles LA, the tragedy of Hurricane Audrey, redemption at Southern University all the way to the Dallas Cowboys and much more.
A warrior for social justice Dr. Jones recounts growing up in Louisiana his work on the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, numerous cases, student activism at Southern University and the Baton Rouge NAACP and his encounters with General Eisenhower and involvement in the D-Day invasion and his upcoming visit to the White House to meet with President Biden. A funny engaging account of a life well lived, and the limitations of his time that he refuses to accept.
Our 95 year old Living Legend talks life history, and community improvement. Audrey N Jacksons long life and commitment to community service is exemplary. She discusses politics and change she has been engaged in and witnessed the last 95 years. It is quite a ride described by an extraordinary woman.
MLK Day 2022 King Holiday Observance
“This year’s theme, It Starts with Me: Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community, reflects our belief that it is critical, and necessary for the survival of both humanity and Earth, that we shift our priorities for a strategic quest to create a just, humane, equitable and peaceful world,” said Dr. Bernice A. King. She continued by saying, “It is a necessary, multi-faceted shift that includes shifting our values to align with a revolution of values; shifting our mindset to understand that we are interconnected, interrelated and interdependent and to engage each other and Earth accordingly; and shifting our society from being “thing”-oriented to being “person”-oriented, which will cause us to engage technology with moral responsibility, so that advancing the artificial is not prioritized over the well-being of the authentic. I have deep faith that, if we shift priorities in the ways that my father described in ‘The World House’ chapter of his last book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, we can create this Beloved Community across the globe and ensure that people have the freedom to participate in government; freedom to prosper in life; and freedom to peacefully co-exist in Community. It starts with me. It starts with each of us.” The King Center
Martin Luther King facts
Where Martin Luther King was born: Atlanta Georgia
Is Martin Luther King a federal holiday: Yes, in 1983 Congress passed and President Reagan signed, legislation declaring the third Monday in January as a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and his service to the country.
How old was Martin Luther King when he received the Nobel Peace Prize: 35 years old
Where was Martin Luther King, Jr assassinated: On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee. He was there to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of Memphis.
A Count Time Podcast Living Legend episode. LD Azobra interviews LSU Coach Dale Brown.
Living Legend Coach Dale Brown was honored with the unveiling of Dale Brown Court at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in front of a packed crowd watching No. 21 LSU beat 16th ranked Kentucky. It has now been named the Dale Brown – Sue Gunter Court
Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Interview with Coach Dale Brown
Louisiana State University and its Board of Supervisors did the right thing and on January 4th 2022 unveiled the Dale Brown Court. At half time the 86 year old Brown spoke for six minutes on gratitude.
One of the top motivational speakers in America, Dale Brown served as head coach of the LSU basketball team for 25 years, (1972-1997). The creator of a syndicated radio program called Motivational Moments that ran on NPR, he also served for a while as a college basketball analyst for ESPN and ABC. As LSU coach, he was twice named National Basketball Coach of the Year, led his team to two Final Fours and four Elite Eights, and emerged as the second-winningest coach in SEC history. He is also known as the recruiter of Shaquille O’Neal, one of the top basketball players ever at LSU and in the NBA. Coach Brown lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife, Vonnie.
LD: So I want to read this something I wrote for myself this morning, and I thought about you and this take a few take maybe a minute and a half to read it. I wrote this. Dale Brown is a man and a brother who trust is in God. He never meet a stranger. And only level with others about his true feeling, keeping it real and square. He has a grip on truth and righteousness. He’s loyal to all he calls his friends and expect the same to maintain divine order. He came from the north, but remained in the south but forever traveling east towards the light that you may continue to enlighten others. His travel and studies allowed him to receive many degrees while giving wisdom to many who asked he is the master of his universe. And for that may God get the glory and may His name be written in the lamb book of life forever. That’s my word to you.
Coach: That’s beautiful. I’d cry but I don’t want to embarrass your daughter. This has really been fun and you know what? It’s too bad. This can’t be played nationally every minute of it. And anybody that disagrees fine disagree. I’ve Never done anything that I tried to impress anybody.
LD: You had a way with the players. I mean, with the whole community, everybody
Coach: Just trying to improve each day and remembering what Oscar Wilde said, “ Every Saint Has A Past And Every Sinner Has A Future.” I am still a work in progress but will never quit trying to be better.