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Hellen Keller Day
Cause
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.- Helen Keller

When: June 27th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Read a book and get educated on the life of Helen Keller.  Take some time on this day to reflect on illnesses, obstacles or anything you feel is holding you back from achieving your life goals and then get inspired by all the stunning examples of how to overcome adversity that Helen left us.

Numbers

Although born in a very small rural town in Alabama, during her lifetime she became very well travelled, having visited over 30 countries.

Description

One of the most influential women in the history of the United States, Helen Keller inspired many people.  In 2006 Helen Keller Day was created by Presidential proclamation to observe and honor the woman who accomplished much and gave even more back to society.  She was know throughout her life as an activist, author, and lecturer. Among her many accomplishments,  accepted an Oscar for the documentary about your life titled " Helen Keller in Her Story".  Helen was given The Presidential Medal of Freedom which is not only prestigious but the highest honor that can be given to a civilian. She was the first blind and deaf woman to receive a Bachelors degree.  As an accomplished author Helen wrote 12 books that were published. Helen will probably be remembered mostly for her lecture and volunteer work with others with disabilities and all that she herself was able to accomplish while being deaf and blind.  She is buried at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

Interesting Facts

  1. First blind and deaf woman to receive a Bachelors degree.
  2. As an adult Helen Keller had both eyes replaced with glass replicas.
  3. Helen considered Mark Twain a great friend.
  4. She is a member of the Women's Hall of Fame.
  5. At the time Helen was opposed by some for being a supporter of Women's rights, especially birth control which was highly controversial. 
     

Information

Observed:
  • June 27th
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