Helen Keller (1880 – 1968)
American author, Political Activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.
Quote: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
- Hellen Keller lost her sight and hearing when she was only nineteen months old. In order to communicate, Keller learned finger-spelling, typing, speech, braille and touch-lip reading.
- Anne Sullivan taught Keller to read and write. The first word she learned was ‘water,’ by running the water through her hands as she spelled out w-a-t-e-r.
- In college, Keller published her first book, The Story of My Life. Keller graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1904.
- After college, Keller became a well-known public figure. She became a voice for social and political issues, advocating for the welfare of blind people.
- Keller traveled to 35 countries on five continents. She continued to make speeches and appearances, bringing inspiration to all the lives she touched.