My Opinion, Henrietta Lacks' Response and Dr.Kings Dream
Submitted By roxasdinh
Dr. King once said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Dr. King had a vision that one day everyone could be seen as equal and that they would only be judged by their character. He knew that during his time, African Americans were at a disadvantage compared to the whites. The African Americans had fewer rights, and Dr. King sought to change that fact and help for the equality of all. While obtaining freedom and rights have been achieved in Dr. King’s dream, everyone being seen as equal or being judged by the content of a person’s character has not fully been fulfilled.
I believe that Henrietta lacks would have responded to Dr. King’s speech with joy and acceptance. First off, Henrietta lacks was born in Roanoke, Virginia, on August 1, 1920 and had 9 other siblings. Henrietta was raised by her grandfather after her mother died. Henrietta attended school, but she stopped in the sixth grade. While walking to school she passed the white school where children threw rocks and taunted her. Later on, Henrietta married David and moved north. She was also soon diagnosed with cervical cancer and was treated as a research experiment. Scientists took her cells without her permission and discovered that her cancer cells didn’t die. Though they made much success, they gave her no credit because she was black. Henrietta would have loved a time where she wasn’t teased because of her skin color, or told she had contributed to great advances in science.
I believe that Dr. King’s dream has still not been fulfilled. In the world today there are still people who judge people by their skin color and not their character. There are still schools today that are racially segregated. For example, half of the African American students in Maryland attend...