There is something to be said about letting words speak for themselves.
Andrea Levy, Cleveland Plain Dealer journalist and artist, blends these
two skills into incredible stories. The whole page is filled with lines,
varied from gray, black and red bold strokes. These represent all those
unknown faces in a large crowd.
All of us.
I return to her words, transfixed.
This has been on my refrigerator for some time now, about Malala
Yousafzai. She is indomitable, showed nerves of steel, faced her death
undaunted and walked away. She is not unscathed, but she overcame
her enemies, endured suffering and lived.
If each of us had only 1/100th of Malala’s humble spirit and strength
of convictions, just imagine how changed the world would become.
Please read this:
“A Face in the Crowd
She’s young, but her scars are not. At 17, she seems to be going on 5,000.
Utterly mesmerizing. In fact, if you look closely, she’ll capture you, and
against your wishes just might awaken memories of your other long-
buried lifetimes. For oppression is an ancient story.
However, I think hers is a face we might rather ignore. A face that looked
directly into the Taliban gun that shot her. A gun that shot her in the face,
on her school bus in Pakistan. A face shot for demanding education for
girls. A child bloodied for daring to have a voice. Shot for speaking
empowering words that seem to leap from the same river from which
other peacemakers have drunk:
‘I believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only
educating our minds but our hearts and souls.’
Malala Yousafzai stands up in our landscape of terrorism.
I can feel her courage pushing at my own inaction.
She makes me wonder what I might be willing to die for.
The child claimed the fight and acted.
She has held her head high for all to see.
And, at 17, she now holds the Nobel Peace Prize as well.”
by Andrea Levy
(Opinion Art Journalist)
If you are interested in following her Opinion Art blog, you may go to
Cleveland.com/andrea.levy or find Andrea’s page on FB: Levyart.
Musical note suggestions for the Nobel Peace Prize winner and for
our own hearts to rejoice in Malala’s becoming a survivor:
1. If you wish to listen to “Peace Train,” by Cat Stevens, it may just complete
2. “From a Distance,” I like the Nanci Griffith version (1987), as well as
3. “Imagine,” John Lennon’s song embraced the world with its pure message.