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Becoming Helen Keller

Season 35 Episode 11 | 1hr 22m 50s

Revisit the complex life and legacy of the author, advocate and human rights pioneer. Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, used her celebrity and wit to champion rights for women, people with disabilities and people living in poverty.

Aired: 10/18/21 | Expires: 04/08/23
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