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Disability and Human Rights Advocate Haben Girma Joins the Contemporary Conversations Series at Montgomery County Public Libraries

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Haben Girma, recipient of the Helen Keller Achievement Award for her tireless advocacy for people with disabilities, will participate in Montgomery County Public Libraries’ (MCPL) virtual Contemporary Conversations series on Saturday, June 5 at 3 p.m. discussing, “Conquering Harvard Law and Becoming a Disability and Human Rights Advocate.”

The first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma is a human rights lawyer advancing disability justice and teaching organizations the importance of choosing inclusion. Girma has redefined the definition of disability, believing that it is an opportunity for innovation. She will talk about her memoir, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, how she become an advocate and her journey from isolation to extraordinary accomplishment. Girma will be in conversation with Kim Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the Nonprofit Village, Top 100 Women of Maryland honoree and recipient of the Leadership Montgomery Distinguished Graduate Award in 2019.

We are pleased to bring a person with such passion for advocacy, inclusion and justice to our Contemporary Conversations series,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “Haben Girma’s journey to becoming a leader in the field of human and disability rights is an inspiration to us all.”

Registration for the event is required. The event is cosponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. For questions or more information email

Sign language interpretation and captioning will be provided. If you have questions about accessibility or accommodation requests, contact the Assistant Facilities and Accessibility Program Manager Elizabeth Lang at 240-672-8818 or


Release ID: 21-391
Media Contact: Monika Hammer, 240-463-2442
Categories: Library