By Boston Herald editorial staff | December 8, 2018 at 2:40 am There was a real hero among us in the Bay State on Thursday when Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai visited Harvard University, where she was awarded the 2018 Gleitsman Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School. Yousafzai was merely a child herself when she came to prominence as an activist in Pakistan after the Taliban took control of her village and prohibited girls from attending school. She spoke out publicly and loudly when few others would. In October 2012, an assassin boarded her school bus and demanded, “Who is Malala?” He then shot her in the head. Miraculously, she recovered and returned to fighting for her cause. She later founded the nonprofit Malala Fund to support her work. Yousafzai is now 21 and a student at Oxford University. We are humbled by this inspirational hero.