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BUILD Victory Renaming Park in Honor of Henrietta Lacks


Ms Servant Courtney Speed, President Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, City Councilman Robert Stokes, Lawrence Lacks Sr (son of Henrietta Lacks), Lawrence Lacks Jr (grandson), Regina Hammond, Rebuild Johnston Square Community Association President pose before new sign

BUILD Leaders scored a major victory in renaming Ambrose Kennedy Park (named for a mid-20th century councilman for the area) to Henrietta Lacks Educational Park. Community members, neighborhood leaders, and elected officials were on hand to offer their thoughts and congratulations, including Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Pastor Antony Cotton of Mt Sinai Baptist Church, State Senator Cory McCray, Delegate Stephanie Smith, Reginald Moore, Director of Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, Servant Speed, Henrietta Lacks Legacy Foundation, and Daniel Ford, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical Research & Translational Research. Especially moving was the testimony of Lawrence Lacks, Jr, Ms. Lacks's grandson, who said "I played in these East Baltimore streets in my younger days and now I will be able to enjoy a park that bears my name."

Unveiling Ceremony HERE

Content Date: 
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 15:53