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Amani Thomas

Memphis Operations Coordinator

Amani grew up in two ever-changing cities, Chicago and Memphis, both well-known for disparities within their public school systems. While a product of CPS and MCS, she was raised by two educators that held true to the belief that education was not a choice for her, but an obligation. On the contrary, she remembers the challenges of her peers and parents’ students, and recognized at an early age the difference the presence (or absence) of support, resources, and passionate leaders could make in ensuring children received a quality education.

Amani took a leap of faith and entered college at the University of Memphis at the age of 16. While a full-time student, she became active in several student organizations and joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. In December 2015, Amani graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in African-American Studies and Sociology with her young daughter, family, and friends watching overhead.

Now identifying as a Memphian by choice, Amani enjoys supporting local art exhibits and concerts, meeting with friends, and taking her daughter, Aniya, to various parks and events throughout the city. Although she is still in the early stages of her career, she plans to use her life experiences and knowledge from working in the Westwood community to drive the mission of Stand for Children. As the Memphis Operations Coordinator, she hopes to continuously support her Stand Community, learn from other coordinators, and engage with families, schools, politicians, and communities to bridge the gaps in education. 

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