Watch the new Helen Keller documentary on APT + stream Oct. 19 at 8PM

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Did you know Helen Keller is on the Alabama state quarter? Photo via APT

Check out the new Helen Keller documentary “Becoming Hellen Keller” tonight, October 19 at 8PM. You can tune in on Alabama Public Television (APT) and Public Broadcasting service stations—don’t miss it! Read more to find out what this 90-minute program will cover.

On Hellen Keller

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Helen Keller—on the left—and the actress portraying her. Photo via APT

Many of you probably remember sitting in school learning about Keller’s achievement in communicating while being blind and deaf. But did you know she also fought for women and disability rights?

The documentary will highlight Keller’s activist career as part of the “American Masters” series. What’s that? Part of PBS, “American Masters” tells the stories of American writers, musicians, activists and more. Basically, it covers important people that shaped American history.

We’re excited that Helen Keller, a girl from Tuscumbia, Alabama, has made history that’s still being taught today.

“[‘Becoming Helen Keller’] rediscovers the complex life and legacy of the human rights pioneer. There is so much else to learn from Helen Keller—lessons important to all of us today—and ‘American Masters’ brings these to light in a new way with ‘Becoming Helen Keller.’”

Mike McKenzie, APT Director of Programming and Public Information

FUN FACT: The birthplace of Helen Keller in Tuscumbia, which features her estate, is a National Historic Landmark. WOW.

Watch the Helen Keller documentary tonight

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Ivy Green, Hellen Keller’s birthplace in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Photo via Nathan Watson for The Bama Buzz

Don’t miss this documentary on Helen Keller, if you love Alabama history. It will follow her childhood in segregated blind and deaf schools to her advocacy work for the poor and people with disabilities.

APT is treating us Alabama history lovers! “Becoming Helen Keller” will feature interviews with people who knew her, rare pics and film clips from the 1900s.

So the film would be inclusive, APT created an advisory board on disability issues. The board included important reps from the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, Alabama Federation of the Blind and Helen Keller Birthplace. Others board members include people from UAB’s Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation and Lakeshore Rehabilitation Center.

Might miss it tonight? Don’t worry, it will broadcast seven times in October AND you can stream it on the PBS Video App.

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