In Celebration of Women’s History Month (and during Grand Rapids' Year in Disability and Art) comes a new lecture on an extraordinary woman, Roberta Griffith. This event features Gordon Olson, Grand Rapids City Historian Emeritus, and Rick Stevens, Executive Director of Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI).
Sponsored by the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council, this presentation focuses on Griffith, who lost her sight as an infant and later went on to achieve greatness on the national, state, and local levels.
Ten years older than Helen Keller, Griffith not only worked with her, but she attended Case Western Reserve University. Later, before moving to Grand Rapids, she began a new career as a real estate agent but also went on to develop her own version of a Braille system and produced a dictionary for the visually impaired.
Most importantly, she was one of us. And that should be enough to entice anyone looking to connect pride of place with our local history.