Alabama: World was mute for her with no colors in it, yet she had the power to change her destiny and bring a difference to her life and others as well. A prolific writer, a lecturer and a political activist Helen Adams Keller was born on 27 June, 1880. Her headstrong attitude towards life was inspirational and highly influential. She was the first deaf-blind to get a graduate degree in Bachelor of Arts. The credit lies in the hands of her teacher Anne Sullivan for putting an end to her isolated life and letting her bloom with the world.
Helen began her academic training in 1888 when she went to Perkins Institute of the Blind. Later, she moved to New York along with her teacher. There, she attended Wright Humason School for the Deaf. She also attended The Cambridge School for Young Ladies and Radcliffe College and got a graduation degree from there. She also worked for American Foundation for Blind.
Keller was an advocate to disabled. Her speeches and impressive books made her famous throughout the world. She along with George Kessler founded Helen Keller International (HKI) in 1915. Helen was friends with famous personalities like Mark Twain, Graham Bell and Charlie Chaplin.
Her political views were strong and she was a member of socialist party. She later joined Industrial Workers of the World as she felt that socialism is sinking in political bog.
Keller renowned for writing wrote 12 books in all. The Frost King
was one of her earliest piece of writings, which she penned down at an age of 11. She published her autobiography The Story of My Life
at an age of 22. She also wrote The World I Live In
, which gave a close look at her life and what she felt about the world. Out of Dark
was an essay book on socialism published in 1913. Her spiritual biography My Religoin
published in 1927 however, the book was revised and republished with a new title Light In Darkness
Later years of Helen's life were not the very happy days. She suffered many strokes and her life was confined to home. She was awarded with Presedential Medal of Freedom in 1964 followed by the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1965. In her later years, she also raised funds for American Foundation for the Blind.
Helen's soul departed on June 1, 1968 in Easton, Connecticut. Her ashes were kept beside her life time companions Anne Sullivan and Polly Thompson.