Did you know that Helen Keller was born today in 1880? When she was 19 months old, she became very sick and lost her sight and hearing. When she was about 6, Anne Sullivan came to teach Helen Keller how to communicate. Helen Keller continued her education, learned how to speak, use braille, and ‘read’ sign language with her hands. She attended schools for the deaf and then graduated from college. She became a skilled writer, lecturer, and an example that deaf or blind people were just as capable as those who could hear and see.
We hope that you have a perceptive day at school today. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.
June 27 is also Hellen Keller Day. President Jimmy Carter authorized the holiday in 1980 on the 100th anniversary of her birth.
Helen Keller was the first blind and deaf person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe College.
Anne Sullivan started as Keller’s teacher, then became her governess and eventually companion. Their relationship lasted 49 years. Helen Keller’s ashes are buried next to Anne Sullivan in the National Cathedral in Washington DC.
Helen Keller was an advocate for the deaf, blind, and people with disabilities. She was also a suffragette, pacifist, socialist, and helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union.
Helen Keller travelled to over 40 countries.
Helen Keller met with every president from Grover Cleveland to Lyndon B. Johnson. Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
Helen Keller was friends with many influential figures including Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin, and Mark Twain.