Activist Malala Yousafzai Honored


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Pictured (left to right) are President Jenkins-Scott, Malala Yousafzai, and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. Photo courtesy of Tom Fitzsimmons and the JFK Library.

Wheelock President Jackie Jenkins-Scott presented Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani woman who survived an assassination attempt at the hands of the Taliban, with a bronze bust of President Kennedy from the JFK Library Foundation. The bust was in recognition of Yousafzai’s work for the universal right to freedom of education. The young activist spoke to a packed house at Boston College High School.

“Islam tells us that it is a right, whether girl or boy, to get an education. It’s a responsibility and duty to have knowledge,” Yousafzai’ said during the event.

One year ago, Yousafzai was nearly killed after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head from the Taliban while she was on the bus home from school in Pakistan. She was sent to a British hospital for treatment. Yousafzai recently became the youngest Nobel Prize nominee and published her memoir “I am Malala” last week.

President Jenkins-Scott is a board member of the JFK Library Foundation.

See Malala’s recent interview with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show below.

The full 16-minute interview may be viewed here.

See more photos from the event here.