When you think of an influential person you think of some who has made an impact on society. Someone who can change a person’s view on how they see things. Two important individuals are: Malala Yousafzai and Martin Luther King. On July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai was born . Her parents are Toor Pekai Yousafzai and Ziauddin Yousafzai. At the age of 11, she started to express her frustration toward Taliban in an anonymous blog. Her first post was made on January 3, 2009. She wrote about how the Taliban were attempting to control the valley and stop girls from attending school. Malala is best known as an activist for female education and the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17. On https://www.biography.com/people/malala-yousafzai-21362253 it stated,”Yousafzai became an advocate for girls’ education when she herself was still a child, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her.” When Malala was going home from school, she was shot by a gunman on October 9, 2012. With her survival, she continued to speak out on the importance of education. In 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations. The speech talked about the importance of education and women rights. On October 13, 2012 she published her first book, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban”. The story begins with her father and how he wanted to establish a school where kids could be raised with a keen sense of their human potential. Malala had multiple accomplishments including: In 2011 she was awarded Pakistan’s first Youth National Peace Prize, in 2012 she spoke out against the Taliban, in 2014 she was named as one of the Most influential teens, and in 2016 she advocated for Syrian Refugees. Many things that Malala has done has impacted the world. She organized the “Malala Petition” which urges the United Nations to recommit to Millennium Development Goal. She displayed that there is no age limit to stand up against injustice. Malala has also taught us about forgiveness. She stated in her speech, “I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me. I would not shoot him.” On January 16, 1929, Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. He was five years old when he started school and was baptized in May 1936. He went to Booker T. Washington High School where he skipped ninth and eleventh grade. He attended Morehouse College at the age of 15 in 1944. Martin questioned religion is general, but during his Junior year, he took a Bible class and began to incision a career in ministry. King was a well known activist and civil rights leader who had a great impact of influence on American society during the 1950’s and 1960’s. He worked to promote the equal treatment of all races. He was an advocate for nonviolent protest during the Memphis sanitation worker strike. The workers were protesting their terrible working conditions, low pay, and discrimination. http://biography.yourdictionary.com/articles/martin-luther-king-progress-civil-rights-movement.html stated, “The strike lasted for 64 days and grew into one of the major civil rights events. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the sanitation workers demanded an end to discrimination, higher wages, and union recognition.” King also led the Montgomery Bus Boycott which protested against city buses that refused to let African Americans sit in the front. In 1963, he wrote the ” I Have a Dream” speech. He shared his speech in front of 250,000 people at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In the speech, he calls for the end of racism in the United States and for civil and economic rights. Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray. Malala Yousafzai and Martin Luther King are two very known people in the world. They’re both activists who fought for many things. They had different childhoods. Their childhood was different because Malala is still going through hers while King already lived his. Malala focused on children’s education and women rights, while King focused on discrimination. They had multiple accomplishments including speeches that were heard among thousands of people. The only difference between them is that Malala started to speak out at the age of eleven and from 1955 to 1968, King was the dominant leader of the civil rights movement.