As we gear up for the release of Marvel’s highly-anticipated "Black Panther" film, many individuals are taking matters into their own hands to ensure that young people aren't left out of the premiere. Amongst them is young activist Mari Copeny, who is also known as Little Miss Flint for her work in fighting for clean water in her hometown of Flint, Michigan.
Copeny, along with her older cousin Felicia, recently launched a GoFundMe page to help local kids in Flint see the film when it's released.
Their campaign is part of the #BlackPantherChallenge that was started by Frederick Joseph in Harlem, New York who raised over $35,000 so that kids in Harlem could afford to see the movie.
"This movie is a very important film, especially for people of color, this is the first superhero blockbuster film featuring a majority black cast,” the GoFundMe page reads. “This is important for every child, especially those of color, to see themselves represented in a cinematic feature film."
The goal for Little Miss Flint and her cousin is to raise $5,000 so they can take 100 underprivileged kids to the theaters. Money from the campaign will go towards movie tickets for the children, chaperones and refreshments. The remaining proceeds will be given to the nonprofit organization Pack Your Back to support summer and back to school programming for kids in Flint. So far, the campaign has exceeded its goal and raised over $8,000.
"It's so important that marginalized children see a representation of themselves, especially in a city like Flint, Michigan where the kids only see themselves in the media as victims of our city's water crisis," the page states.
To offer your support to Little Miss Flint and her cousin head to https://www.gofundme.com/help-flint-kids-see-black-panther.