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Leah Flynn

[EXCLUSIVE] 7-Year-Old Violinist Leah Flynn Speaks About Missouri >>

Amid all the chaos and turbulence that has been surrounding Missouri towns in recent weeks after the shooting and death of Michael Brown, one little girl is striving to make a difference. Leah Flynn, the 7-year-old violinist who has made national headlines with her plea for peace in Ferguson, has gotten the opportunity to use her music to help people who are still hurting from the tragic events. I recently spoke to Leah and her mother, Paula Flynn, about Leah’s idea to travel to Missouri, her trip and what she plans to do now that she is an Internet sensation. Speaking to Leah, who is from Sanford, Florida, it becomes clear that her main goal is to surround people with love and happiness using her talent as a violinist. “Normally, when I play for people at church or school, they’re always happy when I’m done playing,” says Leah. This idea is what led her to want to travel to Ferguson in the wake of all the turmoil. After viewing the violence and protests happening in Ferguson shortly after the shooting and death of Brown, 18, by Police Officer Darren Wilson, Leah felt that she wanted to do something to help the suffering town. “She said to me, ‘Mom, what’s going on?’ And I explained to her, because I have to — I told her what’s going,” her mother told WOFL. “She said, ‘But it's not right these people look so sad; maybe I could do something for them.”

Leah Flynn

[UPDATE] 7-Year-Old Will Play Violin for Peace in Ferguson >>

Leah Flynn, the 7-year-old who made headlines with her hopes to play her violin for peace in Ferguson, Missouri, has finally achieved her dream. Flynn has been invited to perform “Let There Be Peace on Earth” in Missouri to help bring a message of peace to the citizens of St. Louis, Ferguson and all viewers nationwide. Flynn, who lives in Sanford, Florida, received nationwide media attention when she publicly voiced her mission to play her violin in hopes of bringing peace to turbulent Missouri towns. According to her PR representative, she has received offers to perform by two Missouri media outlets. Flynn, only in the second-grade, has been playing the violin since she was 5 and rehearses daily with her father. She has performed as a soloist for many different concerts and venues. The young musician got the idea to play for peace after viewing the violence that was happening in Ferguson after the shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Leah Flynn

Violinist, 7, Wants to Play for Peace, Stop Violence in Ferguson >>

Leah Flynn, a 7-year-old violinist from Sanford, Florida, is hoping to play her violin for peace in the torn town of Ferguson, Missouri. Flynn, who is only in second-grade, has been playing the violin since she was 5 and practices daily with her father. She has performed as a soloist at many different concerts and venues. After viewing the violence and protest happening in Ferguson shortly after the shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson, the talented child felt that she wanted to do something to help the suffering town. “She said to me, ‘Mom, what’s going on?’ And I explained to her, because I have to — I told her what’s going,” her mother Paula Flynn told WOFL. “She said, ‘But it's not right these people look so sad; maybe I could do something for them.”

St. Loius Symphony

WATCH: 'Michael Brown Requiem' Protest Halts St. Louis Symphony’s Performance of Brahms’s 'German Requiem' >>

The St. Louis Symphony’s performance of Brahms’s "German Requiem" was halted by a Ferguson demonstration this past Saturday at Powell Hall.

Folk America to Ferguson to the VMAs: Woody Guthrie Immortalized by Latest Production 'Woody Sez' at Hartford's TheaterWorks

Folk America to Ferguson to the VMAs: Woody Guthrie Immortalized in Latest Production 'Woody Sez' at Hartford's TheaterWorks >>

The musical vineyard that is Woody Guthrie speaks to a history of America that still rings true today. As the events in Ferguson, M.O. unfold, pop stars and obscure voices alike come together at the VMAs to stand up for what they believe in, not unlike Guthrie in a more rural country.

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