The Power of Love: How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind shares the voices of a collection of individuals whose writings reveal the deep truth that serves as the foundation for the life and work of Kenneth Jernigan. His life and their writings together speak of how Thomas Jefferson’s self-evident truths imply that equality extends to embrace blind people just as surely as this country has come to understand equality’s inclusion of all people regardless of the color of their skin.
Ramona Walhof, editor of The Power of Love and longtime friend of Kenneth Jernigan, draws together the distinctive voices of individuals who knew Kenneth Jernigan and whose lives he touched through his work with the National Federation of the Blind. Each of the reflections begins with a brief biographical sketch that introduces the chapter’s author and ties his or her life to Kenneth Jernigan and his work. The book concludes with a chapter, “Blindness: The Federation at Fifty,” a retrospective written by Kenneth Jernigan himself in the last decade of his life.
The Power of Love: How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind gathers a polyphonic chorus of voices that tell how the power of love, coursing through the life of Kenneth Jernigan, changed the world for the blind and, in so doing, changed the world for everyone.