Mercedes Vinson hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 2018, she graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham with a major in political science and minor in African American studies. During undergrad, Mercedes served as the Vice President for Women for Political Progress and a writer for Her Campus UAB. After serving with Impact America, Mercedes plans to attend law school to obtain a dual degree: a Juris Doctorate and masters in public administration.

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun I like to do a variety of things. I love taking walks outside, I love trying new foods and eating at new places, and I love to do activities with my younger siblings. I am the oldest of four girls, and they think I hung the moon anytime I take them to do anything outside of the usual. I also love to be in good company. Whenever I am with my friends, it’s a fun time whether we do anything or not.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote from a film would be Kilmonger’s death scene in Black Panther. He says, “Bury me in the ocean with ancestors because they knew death was better than bondage.” To be honest, I loved the entire film’s quotes and concepts, but that particular line almost made me stand up from my seat.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

Most people do not know that I am an avid watcher of cartoons. I guess they will know after reading this, but I love to watch cartoons. I view myself as an overgrown child, and sometimes the comic relief in cartoons is better than scripted sitcoms.