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Little Miss Flint

This video published by Teen Vogue (a teen fashion magazine published by Condé Nast from 2003-2017) on YouTube in 2017, follows Mari Copeny, or “Little Miss Flint” to the Women’s March in Washington, where she marched to protest the Flint Water Crisis. The video shows footage of the march shot by Mari, while captions inform the viewer that Mari is the youngest ambassador at the march and that she earned her title by calling attention to the fact that water in Flint, Michigan has been contaminated since 2014. Mari details this issue while the video shows photos and social media posts drawing attention to the problem and the way her community has tried to deal with it–buying bottled water, contacting President Obama, marching in D.C.

discussion

Why is Mari called “Little Miss Flint?” How did she bring attention to the Flint Water Crisis?

Besides her age, what other identity groups does Mari belong to? Specifically, think about gender, race/ethnicity, etc. How do these identity categories also play a role in how Mari is represented in this video?

How does Little Miss Flint show the impact of the contaminated water on her and her community?

Do you think it’s important to advocate for change? Are there particular issues in your community you would like to fight for?

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