Amy Carter was heavily involved in politics in and around the time her father Jimmy Carter was elected as the President of the United States. A social activist, Amy rose to fame following her father’s presidency as well as for being an activist. During her early years, Amy participated in several sit-ins and protests during the 1980s and early 1990s. The protests were directed towards the changing U.S. foreign policy towards South African apartheid and Central America. She was arrested for some of her protests and was a well-known activist during the time. However, since then, Amy has wiped all traces of herself from the mainstream media and is rarely seen publicly.
Amy Lynn Carter was born on the 19th of October 1967, in Plains, Georgia. Born to U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter, Amy was just three when her father was elected as the Governor of Georgia. The family moved into the Georgia Governor’s Mansion and stayed there for a total of six years before moving into the White House. Her father, Jimmy Carter, was elected as the 39th president of the United States. He assumed office from 1977 to 1981. As a young kid, Amy attended majority-black public schools including Stevens Elementary School and then the Rose Hardy Middle School.
When her father’s presidency ended in 1981, the family moved to Atlanta and enrolled at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia. Following her time in high school, Amy attended Brown University but was academically dismissed in 1987 for failing to keep up with the course’s requirements. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) from the Memphis College of Art and finished her master’s degree in art history from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1996.
Even though Amy was first recognized as the daughter of the US President Jimmy Carter and was widely covered, she later rose to fame as an activist. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Amy participated in several sit-ins and protests that were directed at changing U.S. foreign policy towards South African apartheid and Central America. Amy even went to jail for her troubles and was arrested alongside activist Abbie Hoffman and 13 others, during a 1986 demonstration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst protesting CIA recruitment.
Amy was acquitted of all charges by Attorney Leonard Weinglass who argued that because the CIA was involved in criminal activity in Central America and other hotspots, preventing it from recruiting on campus was equivalent to trespassing in a burning building.
After her arrest, Amy went under the radar and left activism. She tied the knot with computer consultant James Gregory Wentzel in September of 1996. The pair had met during their time at Tulane and had dated for quite a while before settling down. The pair’s only child, Hugo James Wentzel was born in 1999, and the family of three moved to the Atlanta Region. Since the late 1990s, Amy has vanished from the media and prefers to keep a low profile. Little is known about her professional line of work. She is currently a member of the board of counselors at the Carter Center which advocates human rights and diplomacy.