June 27: Helen Keller Day

Helen_Keller_with_Anne_Sullivan_in_July_1888Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880, and, at 19 months old, a terrible sickness left her both deaf and blind. When she was six, Anne Sullivan arrived and Keller began her education. At 24 years old, she became the first deaf-blind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts. She also became a political activist and a famous speaker (yes, it’s true!), and she even published 12 books.

In 1980, when Keller would have been 100 years old, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed Helen Keller Day as a national holiday. If you haven’t read/watched The Miracle Worker, go do it. Seriously. Go.

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

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