Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Hero Research & Resources |

by Amy Shirk Sung to the tune of “Red River Valley” Helen Keller was born very healthy, But at two years of age she got sick. And she lost both her sight and her hearing, But her mind was quite fine, she was quick. Helen’s parents just could not control her. So they sent for some help, a teacher. That is when they met Annie Sullivan, The one person they thought could reach her. Annie worked hard to teach Helen Keller But she just didn’t quite understand That the things she was touching had labels. They were words Annie spelled in her hand. ‘Til one day at the pump for some water Helen touched it and she realized That the words Teacher spelled had a meaning And that’s when Helen was vitalized. Now she learned oh so much very quickly. Teacher spelled in her hand many things. And she learned how to read, write, and study. That’s the day Helen’s soul got its wings. . She went on to a school for blind children, But that wasn’t enough for her mind She continued and went to a college Just for girls who were NOT deaf or blind. She wrote books, she performed in a movie. She met presidents, even same kings. Helen worked hard to help many people, And she studied and 1earned many things. Helen’s life can be your inspiration That despite many obstacles, you Can achieve anything if you try hard With some work all your dreams can come true. Click here for a printable pdf version of this...

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Ode to Thurgood Marshall (1908 – 1993)

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    To the tune of “Yankee Doodle” By Tammy Herbein (Summer 1997)   Thurgood Marshall was a man of great determination. He rose above black stereotypes to fight segregation. Marshall had a tendency for getting in hot water. At age 14 he went to jail for beliefs that wouldn’t falter Chorus: Thurgood Marshall didn’t give up. Marshall kept on fighting. Marshall used his love of law and gift of speech to right things. He went to school to study law in 1934. The NAACP hired him to fight for them in court. A landmark case that brought an end to school-wide segregation was won by Masrhall and known to all as Brown v. Board of Education. Chorus: Thurgood Marshall didn’t give up. Marshall kept on fighting. Marshall used his love of law and gift of speech to right things. As he became more popular fighting for the people JFK asked him to serve on a U.S. Court of Appeals. Four years later Marshall took a federal position. He became Solicitor General under President Johnson. Chorus: Thurgood Marshall didn’t give up. Marshall kept on fighting. Marshall used his love of law and gift of speech to right things. Finally the day arrived and Marshall was entrusted to be the first black man to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Chorus: Thurgood Marshall didn’t give up. Marshall kept on fighting. Marshall used his love of law and gift of speech to right...

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Some thoughts by Dr. Albert Schweitzer

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When I look back upon my early days I am stirred by the thought of the number of people whom I have to thank for what they gave me or for what they were to me. At the same time I am haunted by a [painful knowledge] of the little gratitude I really showed them while I was young. How many of them have said farewell to life without my having made clear to them what it meant to me to receive f rom them so much kindness or so much care? Many a time have I, with a fe:eling of shame, said quietly to myself over a grave the words which my mouth ought to have spoken to the departed, while he or she was still in the flesh. Click here for a printable pdf version of this...

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