The Courage of a Hero A hero is a person who risks something of theirs for someone else and shows courage, or noble qualities. Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you while having strength in the face of pain or grief. A true hero shows courage, when you show courage you can be a hero. We all know someone who is a hero and has shown courage. Some of you know about MLK jr, Malala Yousafzai, and Muhammad Ali, all of these people are heros and have show immense courage. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” Malala Yousafzai a young girl who grew in pakistan is an incredible example of a hero and someone who has shown courage not once but many times. Malala became an advocate for girls’ education when she herself was still young after the school she went to was attacked. After the Taliban began attacking the schools in Swat, Malala gave a speech in Peshawar, Pakistan, in September 2008. The title of her speech was, “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?” This speech along with many others, resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. Even with the death treat she still would speak out for girls’ education. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived and after the miraculous recovery when back to school and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She still is fighting for what she believes today and has shown us what the true meaning of a hero is. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr. or MLK jr for short is one of the most inspiring examples of a hero. As a young boy he did not understand why there was a segregation because of the color of his skin. Growing up he helped his father, a pastor and gave speeches. Martin Luther King Jr. belived tht everone shoud be treated equally and became a reformer against segrigation. He was hated and abused for it, but his personal beliefs said it was right and good for others on a practical level. And what was right and good for society itself was strong enough for him to hold to and stand strong in the face of terrible opposition. Martin Luther King Jr. studied and learned and thought deeply and he wrote about it. He cared. He suffered and he persevered. He was not a perfect, but since no one is, that does not stop him from being known as both a good and a great man. A hero with great courage. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” Muhammad Ali is a unusual type of hero. Known as the greatest boxer in history. He was a hero to others because of his part on the Vietnam War. He was a conscientious objector and gave up practically everything, his career, his title, most of his income, to stand up for what he believed in. Many called him a draft dodger. Others thought he was crazy. But his beliefs were so deeply held that none of it mattered. Not long after Ali was accused of draft evasion in 1967, public support for the war began to erode. Ali suddenly became the face, the voice, the very heart of the anti-war movement that would shape millions of humans for years to come. He has inspired so many and has given up so much. A hero to so many, one who has shown so much courage.