8-year-old Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny also known as Little Miss Flint wrote a heartfelt letter to President Obama discussing her activism regarding the Flint water crisis. Also, Mari shared with the president that she will be coming to Washington, D.C. and requested if she can meet with him or the First Lady during her trip. President Obama responded in a letter and complimented the 8-year-old on her activism.
In addition, President Obama shared that he will be visiting Flint, Michigan on May 4 to ensure that the community is receiving the help they need and will speak directly with the people of Flint . Read Mari’s letter and the president’s response below.
Mari’s letter to 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.
President Obama’s letter
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.”