8-Year-Old Girl’s Email Prompts Obama Visit to Flint, Four Months After State of Emergency Declaration
BY SHAUNDRA SELVAGGI | ATLANTA BLACKSTAR
President Obama will tour Flint, Michigan, next month, the White House announced Wednesday.
The visit was prompted by an email from 8-year-old Flint resident Amariyanna Copeny, who asked to meet the President.
“I am one of the children that is [affected] 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,” she wrote, according to the Detroit News.
Copeny, called “Little Miss Flint,” wrote the email ahead of her visit to Washington last month to watch the congressional hearings about the crisis.
Obama wrote in response, “I am so proud of you for using your voice to speak out on behalf of the children of Flint. That’s why I want you to be the first to know that I’m coming to visit Flint on May 4th. I want to make sure people like you and your family are receiving the help you need and deserve. Like you, I’ll use my voice to call for change and help lift up your community.”
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