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“In Honor of Henrietta Lacks”

Creators: Katalina
a High School Student from New-York Historical Society
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About this Project:

This web project was my first website that I have ever coded. I utilized HTML and CSS to code my website which I was learning over the course of 6 weeks. It was initially hard to code in a way that would lead to a satisfying result on my website, however with guidance from my peers, instructor, and my own resources I was able to create the final product which I am very proud of.

The focus of our websites was research and bring light to an underrated woman in history. I decided to research on Henrietta Lacks because her case is one of many that represents the disparities in the health field when it comes to black people. Lacks' cells were used in order to advance the medical field without her or her family's consent. Despite the huge impact her cells made, it took very long for Lacks to even get acknowledged as the woman behind these cells. The mistreatment of black people in the medical field is very brushed aside and needs to be addressed more. Black people should be able to feel secure in the fact they will be treated fairly and equally while fully being in the know during their time at any hospital. I wanted my project to be able to not only inform about how much a black woman has shaped the medical industry and to leave feeling not only informed, but thinking deeper about Lacks' story and how prevalent it is today.

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Feedback from the Judges:

👏 Library Technical Assistant III at New York Public Library — Emoti-Con Judge
I learned something new! The links worked really well and the sources page was very detailed! I'm excited to see how the page develops as you continue your journey with HTML and CSS!

👏 Director of Technical Recruitment at Lightyear Health — Emoti-Con Judge
I know from personal experience how difficult it is to teach yourself how to code, especially on a short timeline - kudos! I love that you combined your new knowledge of HTML and CSS with teaching others as well. Thank you for sharing her inspiring story!

👏 Creative Director at Godling Studio — Emoti-Con Judge
Great work highlighting something that isn't talked about more! I enjoy learning about Henrietta Lacks and her lasting impact on the medical field. Learning HTML/CSS to the extent you did in 6 weeks is very impressive, I highly recommend you continue building sites! My only feedback on this was to make sure you include back links (or copy paste the menu from the main site on to the other pages) so that people can navigate to different pages :)

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