Mari Copeny, Little Miss Flint, is black history in the making. The 10-year-old shared her dreams of becoming president one day on Twitter.
My name is Mari. Im 10 years old. In April I will have been living through the #FlintWaterCrisis for 4 years, I've been fighting for almost as long. I want to be President when I grow up. But until then I will fight for #FlintKids pic.twitter.com/6LSKbxJP9t
— Mari Copeny (@LittleMissFlint) February 24, 2018
According to Twitter polls, she has 100 percent support.
@LittleMissFlint we are all excited to see you become our president. You can and you will. I hope I’m alive to see it happen. The United States deserves you. And you deserve your dreams a https://t.co/NWnWljHb3n
— Monica Raymund (@monicaraymund) February 26, 2018
Keep fighting Mari! Looking forward to seeing you run for President, don't lose sight of your goals!
— 👽 (@Neur0tripsy) February 26, 2018
— Wendy Mills (@vegas8667) February 26, 2018
While she awaits her presidential nomination, Copeny says she will "fight for kids," and she has been putting action behind these words. During the ongoing Flint water crisis, Copeny has used her voice to speak out against city officials and national politicians to hold them accountable for the city's current conditions.
She also has a trending campaign circulating to help raise money for the kids in Flint to see ''A Wrinkle in Time', directed by Ava DuVernay and starring Storm Reid and Oprah Winfrey. The film premieres in two weeks, and theGoFundMe page has raised over half its goal.
On her GoFundMe Copeny said,
"Not often do you see a black girl as the star of a movie, let alone the one who saves the world. I want little girls to be able to watch this movie and be able to see themselves and the potential that they can ‘save the world’ as well. This cast is packed with smart strong women and it is important for young girls to see these images represented in all forms of media, especially on the big screen. A little girl that looks like me is saving the universe, that’s not something we see every day; even though it should be."
In addition to seeing the movie, she also wants each Flint child to also read the book.
"In addition to the movie I want to make sure every single child that sees this movie walks away with the novel 'A Wrinkle in Time' because books not only take us to places unknown, they empower us to be whatever we want to be. If we raise enough I would also like to give out some of the other 'A Wrinkle in Time' STEAM books that have been hitting shelves in bookstores across America," she said.
Recently, she has followed in the footsteps of other generous celebrities and raised $16,000 for over 150 Flint kids to see 'Black Panther.'
We're rooting for you, Little Miss Flint!
This post was originally published on Blavity.com.