On this day in 1887, Anne Sullivan begins teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Under Sullivan’s tutelage, including her pioneering “touch teaching” techniques, the previously uncontrollable Keller flourished, eventually graduating from college and becoming an international lecturer and activist. Sullivan, later dubbed “the miracle worker,” remained Keller’s interpreter and constant companion until the older woman’s death in 1936.
Helen remains active to this day, sending Tweets to anyone who cares to follow her (@Helen_Keller). We here at Cosby Sweaters applaud Helen’s perseverance and ability to use modern technology to bring her positive message to the masses. In honor of this monumental day, here are a few recent Tweets from Helen Keller herself: