Amanda Cherry

Community Organizer

Amanda Cherry calls a lot of places “home,” including Louisville, Boston, Mexico City, and Birmingham. Amanda Cherry is originally from Louisville, KY, and she migrated to Birmingham to study a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Religion minor at Samford University. Afterwards she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!), partnering with Latinx families and local schools to improve education access for Latinx students. She moved to Boston to study a Master of Divinity at Boston University School of Theology, and she focused her course work on migration, culture, and social change. Later she migrated to Mexico City, where she accompanied Central American migrants in transit and Mexicans deported from the U.S., built the capacity of the Methodist Church of Mexico to work with migrants, and taught classes on migration and theology at the Methodist Seminary Báez Camargo. Amanda speaks English and Spanish and has experience working with im/migrants and refugees in a variety of settings. She has fought for immigrant rights in Alabama, organized clergy to support the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, and stood alongside deportees in Mexico City to protest the unjust immigration policies of the United States. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and dancing Mexican cumbia. Now back in Birmingham, Amanda is a Community Organizer with GBM and the Stand As One coalition.