Be a Rainbow – “Little Miss Flint”

Try to Be a Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud. Maya Angelou

A belief that we should be a rainbow and that anyone can make a difference in another person’s life is a philosophy I both respect and admire, especially in a ten year-old child.


Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny is that “Rainbow” in her community as she lives her life on a mission to make things better.

You may have heard of Mari, also known as “Little Miss Flint”, coming to national recognition in 2016 after penning a letter to President Obama asking to meet with him or Mrs. Obama on her Washington trip with her mother.

She wanted to ask the President to visit her hometown of Flint, Mi to bring his special brand of comfort to the residents of her city.

Upon reading her letter, the White House contacted Mari with the incredible news that the President wanted to meet her on his planned trip to speak with Flint residents.


Mari Meets President Obama
In light of the poisoning of the city’s water system in 2014, one could expect that her attitude would be more on the cynical side. But, Mari’s heart remained open inspite of the dire reality of this tragic health crisis.

Last weekend, Mari was once again spreading love in her community by raising enough money to make it possible for 150 underprivileged kids to enjoy the excitement of the blockbuster film, “Black Panther”.


Setting up a GoFundMe with her mom, Loui “Lulu” Brezzell and her cousin, they were able to raise more than $16,000; renting out a theatre with enough left over to buy “Black Panther” merchandise!

Mari tweeted from her Twitter account @LittleMissFlint on February 20th, “Yesterday was amazing. It was even better because I had #TeamMari by my side.” #WakandaForever

Her mother shared that Mari worked with shelters, as well as, boys and girls clubs to find children who otherwise probably would not have seen the consequential film.

Mari’s cousin Felicia Copeny expressed:

“This is important for every child especially those of color, to see themselves represented in a cinematic feature film.”

On Twitter Mari describes herself as:
Flint native, Women’s March Youth Ambassador, Founder #DearFlintKids, Cheerleader, Artist, Future President.

I believe Mari can be and do anything she puts her mind to. She’s a remarkable young lady; raising the spirits of her hometown as a role-model and leader; making her community proud!


Written by DonnaMarie Woodson

As a writer, wife, and mother I feel it is my obligation to hold a mirror up to the world to remind us to treat others as we would wish to be treated. I’m a fighter who is a survivor of both Colon and Breast Cancer and live for every moment of every day.

My philosophy is we create our own reality so it’s up to us to live a life of peace, compassion, and love.

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