Little Miss Flint Raises $16,000 For “Black Panther” Screening

By Allison Klein

A 10-year-old girl who gained fame by encouraging President Barack Obama to visit Flint, Mich., in 2016 during the city’s water crisis is in the spotlight again, this time for helping several hundred underprivileged kids and their chaperones see “Black Panther” over the weekend.

The girl, Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny, worked with her mother and cousin to raise more than $16,000 through a GoFundMe campaign. They rented out a theater in Flint that seated about 150 and then said they had enough money left over to buy tickets for 600 more kids, as well as “Black Panther” merchandise for them.

“Kids need to see themselves as superheroes,” said Mari, known as “Little Miss Flint” because of a pageant she won several years ago. “Black kids are seen as victims — and we’re not.”

Little Miss Flint in movieHer mother, Loui “Lulu” Brezzell, said she worked with shelters, as well as boys and girls clubs, to find children who otherwise probably would not have seen the movie in the theater.

Source: The Washington Post

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