Sometimes students discover a passion for an occupation when they take a course, read a book, meet someone on an internship or have an experience that leads them in an unexpected direction. In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Henrietta’s great-granddaughter Erika was inspired by Henrietta’s experience to study science.
Were you inspired by any of people in the book? Some readers may be inspired by
issues that people faced during the time period covered in this book. These circumstances can also bring occupations to mind.
Listed below are some of the people in the book and their occupations. A few issues are also listed. What other occupations come to mind as you read the book? Add them to the list. Select an occupation that interests you and visit http://www.nycareerzone.org/ to learn more about it. Share the occupation you selected and share some of the information you learned. Find a student who selected an occupation similiar to yours and discuss what you like and disliked about the occupation.
Mary Kubicek was a lab technician responsible for preparing and storing tissue samples.
Roland Pattillo, is a college professor at Morehouse and was George Gey’s only African-American student.
Michael Rogers is a reporter who wrote for Rolling Stone magazine.
George Gey was a researcher who worked as a carpenter to pay his way through
Margaret Gey was a surgical nurse and supervised the lab where tissues were stored.
Richard Wesley TeLinde was a surgeon who conducted research into the causes of various diseases.
Gary, Deborah’s cousin was a minister, attending to peoples’ emotional and spiritual needs.
Henrietta’s children suffered from a variety of health issues. A Community Health Worker educates people on how to address a variety of health issues.
Civil Rights attorney protects peoples’ rights when they are violated.