Messiah of Deaf and Dump, Helen Adams Keller
A unique personality who has inspired generations with her knowledge. A person who struggled with her disabilities and proved that she could survive any challenge if she wished to. A person no one would forget. She was deemed as an amazingly talented person by queen Victoria. She was honored by the likes of Truman, Mark Twain, Bernard Shaw, Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, and Jawaharlal Nehru. June 27th Marks the 140th birthday of this great person.
Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. Born on June 27th, 1880 little Helen was born to a rich family in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She started to talk when she reached the age of 1 but by the time, she was 19 months old a chronic disease took away the ability to see, hear or talk. Bearing through the unbearable she spent most of her days very close to her mother.
The year 1887, March 3 Helen Keller first met her private tutor Annie Sullivan who was just 20 years then. First, she introduced Helen to a doll. Helen loved to play with her doll eventually she taught Helen to write a letter with her finger. The first word she wrote was water. And slowly touched her hands with water. A word a day Mrs. Sullivan started to invoke a new light in little Helen. Within 3 years Helen was fluent in Braille alphabets. Sensing through a talking person Helen learned lip-reading, eventually, in the year 1904, she graduated from Radcliffe College in English. Overcoming through her challenges Helen easily earned fame.
A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women’s suffrage, labor rights, socialism, antimilitarism, and other similar causes. She was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on June 8, 2015.
The story of Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, was made famous by Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life, and its adaptations for film and stage, The Miracle Worker. Her birthplace in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, is now a museum and sponsors an annual “Helen Keller Day”. Her June 27 birthday is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in Pennsylvania and, in the centenary year of her birth, was recognized by a presidential proclamation from US President Jimmy Carter.
Helen Keller died on June 1st, 1968. She is still deemed as the Messiah of Deaf and Dump. She is still an inspiration to a lot of people.