During Black History Month, let’s learn more about some remarkable people! This week we are highlighting an activist, Mari Copeny.
Thirteen-year-old Mari Copeny is living proof that even children can be great change-makers. At 8 years old, Copeny sparked a national movement when she wrote a letter to then-President Obama detailing the water crisis in her hometown of Flint, Michigan. Not only did Obama read her letter and respond, but he also visited Flint and pushed Copeny into the spotlight. From then on, this young girl was dubbed ‘Little Miss Flint,’ a title she has worn with pride as she has fought for clean water initiatives in Flint and beyond.
While Copeny is committed to environmental activism and social justice, she has also set big goals for her future: in 2044, at 36 years old, Copeny plans to run for president. “My advice to girls is to always believe in yourself … you can change the world right now. You don’t have to wait until you grow up,” Copeny said in an interview with Today: https://www.today.com/style/what-mari-copeny-aka-little-miss-flint-now-t159829