|President Kennedy Meets with Helen Keller (1961)|
Pol Light Moment #115 happened on June 20, 1963, when John F. Kennedy wrote a letter to Helen Keller on her 83rd birthday. John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961-1963.
Helen Keller was an author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first blinddeaf person to earn a bachelor's degree. The following is the contents of the letter that John F. Kennedy wrote to Helen Keller on her 83rd birthday.
June 20, 1963
Dear Miss Keller:
It is a pleasure to extend warm congratulations to you on your 83rd birthday.
You are one of the select company of men and women whose achievements have become legendary in their own time.
Your tireless endeavors on behalf of blind people everywhere have gained friends for the United States and the cause of Democracy, and have won for you a permanent place in the history of human progress.
With My Best Wishes,
John F. Kennedy
Miss Helen Keller
(Source: American Federation for the Blind Website)
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