Little Miss Flint Launches GoFundMe To Help Flint, Michigan Kids See Black Panther
I don’t know about you, but January was such a long month. I am so glad it’s the first day of February, which means it’s not only the first day of Black History Month, but we’re in the month when the film Black Panther finally drops. The buzz for the movie is only growing, and Mari Copeny, aka Little Miss Flint, is joining in on the excitement.
Little Miss Flint has joined the #BlackPantherChallenge. The Challenge started with Frederick Joseph, a Marketing Consultant from Astoria, NY, who launched a GoFundMe page to support children from Harlem’s Boys and Girls Club to see the film. Little Miss Flint has also launched a GoFundMe for children in her home town of Flint, Michigan to see the epic Wakandan story come to life on the silver screen. But it’s not just her alone. She has teamed up with her cousins to make her $5,000 goal a reality.
Little Miss Flint has made her reasons for launching a fundraiser very clear. The 10-year-old believes that this story is so important to black children that this campaign is not just about buying a ticket, it’s an opportunity for the children to see themselves reflected on screen.
“The Marvel movie Black Panther is going to be a very important film. There has never been a blockbuster film featuring a majority black cast,” the GoFundMe statement reads. “”This campaign is apart of the #BlackPantherChallenge, a challenge started by Frederick Joseph in New York City. This is important for every child especially those of color, to see themselves represented in a cinematic feature film. It is so important that marginalized children see a representation of themselves, especially in a city like Flint, Michigan.”
This morning, Little Miss Flint thanked everyone who has donated so far, and she continued to stress the importance of this film for kids like her.
We first heard about Little Miss Flint when the water crisis in her home town made headline news in 2016. At 8 years old, she wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to meet with her and a group of people going to Washington, DC to watch congressional hearings on the crisis.
“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…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.”
President Obama actually wrote her back (which is why we love him). He thanked her for writing him, and instead of meeting in D.C., he proposed that he would come to Flint, Michigan to meet with her personally.
She is still working on getting clean water for her city, which hasn’t happened since 2014, but with drive like hers, Little Miss Flint can do anything. She hasn’t reached her $5,000 goal for fellow kids to see Black Panther yet, but if you would like to donate to the GoFundMe, click here.