#OnThisDay Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, #Alabama. She was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known, and her birthday on June 27 is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth.
In Yousuf Karsh's photograph below, Keller is shown with Polly Thompson, her assistant after the death of Sullivan. Karsh said the picture includes “not only that luminous, serene, yet vivid face, but those sensitive hands, together with the devoted concentration of her companion.” ... Read MoreRead Less