Loui Brezzell Water Warrior
The Oprah Magazine|January 2019
Loui Brezzell  Water Warrior

Sixth grader Mari Copeny supplies her fellow Flint kids with clean water and pure hope.

Mary Pauline Lowry

“MY MOM SAID chances are you will be too busy with more important things.” When then-8-year-old Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny wrote those words in a letter in March 2016, she had no idea how much her life would soon change. The “you”? Barack Obama. The “more important things”? Leading the free world. The request? For the president or first lady to meet with Mari and other citizens of Flint, Michigan, who were preparing to travel to the capital to see their governor, Rick Snyder, testify before Congress; he was being questioned about why Flint’s nearly 100,000 residents were drinking water so chlorinated, it corroded new engine parts at a local General Motors plant.


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January 2019