Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny (2007- ), a third-grade student from Flint, Michigan, is the current Little Miss Flint. She wants to someday become Miss America and a police officer. She is best known for writing President Obama about the Flint Water Crisis.
She says the water in Flint smells like bleach or old fish, that if you take a shower for more than two minutes you get bad rashes and stuff. She gave a speech about the crisis and made a YouTube video too. She has marched in protest and helped to give out bottled water. She appeared at the #JusticeForFlint concert.
In March 2016 she wrote President Obama:
Hello my name is Mari Copeny and I’m 8 years old, I live in Flint, Michigan and I’m more commonly known around town as “Little Miss Flint”. I am one of the children that is effected by this water, and I’ve been doing my best to march in protest and to speak out for all the kids that live here in Flint. This Thursday I will be riding a bus to Washington, D.C. to watch the congressional hearings of our Governor Rick Snyder. I know this is probably an odd request but I would love for a chance to meet you or your wife. My mom said chances are you will be too busy with more important things, but there is a lot of people coming on these buses and even just a meeting from you or your wife would really lift people’s spirits. Thank you for all that do for our country. I look forward to being able to come to Washington and to be able to see Gov. Snyder in person and to be able to be in the city where you live.
He did not reply nor did he or his wife meet with the people of Flint who came to Washington.
Then, suddenly, a month later:
The White House
April 24, 2016
Dear Mari: Thank you for writing to me. You’re right that Presidents are often busy, but the truth is, in America, there is no more important title than citizen. And I am so proud of you for using your voice to speak out on behalf of the children of Flint.
That’s why I want you to be the first to know that I’m coming to visit Flint on May 4th. I want to make sure people like you and your family are receiving the help you need and deserve. Like you, I’ll use my voice to call for change and help lift up your community.
Letters from kids like you are what make me so optimistic for the future. I hope to meet you next week, “Little Miss Flint.”
Tons of people have been trying to get him to come to Flint!
After he arrived she ran into his arms.
It was sweet. It was heartbreaking.
– Abagond, 2016.