A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others.  Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons.  Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention.  Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life.  Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring.  There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.


Helen Keller was an author, activist, humanitarian, and lecturer.  The film The Miracle Worker and several or her books tell the story of how she went from being a wild deaf and blind child into learning and being educated first by Anne Sullivan and then others.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts, lectured, published a dozen books, and wrote several articles.


Helen Adams Keller was born in 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama.  She had younger siblings and older half-brothers.  When she was a toddler she had a sickness that left her deaf and mostly blind.  Doctors recommended the Kellers get advice from Alexander Graham Bell and they sent them to the Perkins Institute for the Blind.  Through this they met Anne Sullivan who became Helen’s instructor, then governess and companion.


Anne Sullivan began teaching Helen at her home in 1887.  Breakthroughs at home led to Helen enrolling at Perkins Institute for the Blind in 1888.  Moves and more led to Helen being admitted to Radcliffe College in 1900.  In 1904, Helen earned her Bachelor of Arts. She learned to speak, read Braille, and read sign language.


Helen became a famous lecturer and author.  She advocated for people with disabilities and other causes.  She was a socialist, suffragist, and pacifist.  She traveled, met famous people, and joined groups of which she advocated.


Strokes and sickness kept her mostly at home after 1961.  In 1964, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  In 1965, she was elected to the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  Helen died in 1968.  The National Cathedral in Washington, DC had a service for her and she was buried at the Washington National Cathedral.  Movies, schools, stamps, statues, hospitals, and more memorialize and honor her.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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