For Letter K, my choice is Hellen Keller
A Brief Biographical Timeline
1880: On June 27, Helen Keller is born in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
1882: Following a bout of illness, Helen loses her sight and hearing.
1887: Helen’s parents hire Anne Sullivan, a graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind, to be Helen’s tutor. Anne begins by teaching Helen that objects have names and that she can use her fingers to spell them. Over time, Helen learns to communicate via sign language, to read and write in Braille, to touch-lip read, and to speak.
1900: After attending schools in Boston and New York, Helen matriculates at Radcliffe College.
1903: Helen’s first book, an autobiography called The Story of My Life, is published.
1904: Helen graduates cum laude from Radcliffe, becoming the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
1915: Helen, already a vocal advocate for people with disabilities, co-founds the American Foundation for Overseas Blind to support World War I veterans blinded in combat. This organization later becomes Helen Keller International and expands its mission to address the causes and consequences of blindness, malnutrition, and poor health.
1920: Helen helps found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
1924: Helen joins the American Foundation for the Blind. She serves as a spokesperson and ambassador for the foundation until her death.
1946: Helen begins touring internationally on behalf of the American Foundation for Overseas Blind (see 1915 above), expanding her advocacy for people with vision impairment. In 11 years, she will visit 35 countries on five continents.
1956: Helen wins an Academy Award for a documentary film about her life.
1961: Helen suffers a stroke and retires from public life.
1964: Helen is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson.
1968: On June 1, Helen dies peacefully at her home in Connecticut. Her ashes are interred at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.
Hellen Keller was an inspiring woman who has set a new standard in courage. She developed her own skills and showed by example that it can be done to millions of people around the world. She encouraged people with disabilities to live fuller lives. Her compassion and intelligence combined with her ambition set her apart from the rest.