Today we Celebrate Helen Keller Day

On Helen Keller Day, we celebrate human resilience and achievement . Celebrated annually on June 27, the day commemorates the life and achievements of Helen Keller, American activist, author, and suffragist.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed June 27, her birthday, to be celebrated as Helen Keller Day, a celebration of human grit and hard work.  The holiday promotes the idea that people can overcome challenges and achieve anything they want if they put their hearts and souls into it.

Born in Alabama, Helen Keller suffered from an illness in her childhood that left her blind and deaf at the age of two. Despite her challenges, Keller learned to communicate in sign language with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan. In 1904, Keller became the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree in the US.