A snapshot biography of Helen Keller

Helen Keller, 1904
Helen Keller, 1904

From the beginning of my education Miss Sullivan made it a practice to speak to me as she would to any hearing child; the only difference was that she spelled the sentences into my hand instead of speaking them. If I did not know the words and idioms necessary to express my thoughts she supplied them, even suggesting conversation when I was unable to keep up my end of the dialogue.”

Helen Keller was blind, and she was deaf. But that didn’t stop her from pursuing a college degree at Radcliffe College and becoming the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts in the United States. Nor did it prevent her from falling in love and getting engaged, and becoming a public speaker who fought for equality, peace, and workers’ rights.

There must have been a number of reasons for how she was able to accomplish as much as she did, but one had to be her perspective on life.

“So much has been given to me I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.”


Note: The photograph is of Helen at 24-years-old in 1904.

“A snapshot biography of Helen Keller” sources: Helen Keller, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/94515457/>.