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Helen Keller, an American educator, author, lecturer, and political activist, overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Keller learned to communicate and interact with others, and eventually went on to college, graduating in 1904, and became the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, she also campaigned for women’s suffrage, labor rights, socialism, and anti-militarism, among other causes.
Helen Keller proved to the world that all deaf people could learn to communicate and thrive in the hearing world. One of the most famous deaf people in history, she is an idol to many in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.