Helen Keller

American author and political activist Helen Keller (1880-1968) was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Under the guidance of her teacher Anne Sullivan, Helen learnt reading and writing. The Story of My Life was her first book. She campaigned for various causes, from women's suffrage to raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind.She was immortalized in the television drama The Miracle Worker. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.