‘The leader our parents taught us to be’: The evolution of Nate Hamilton

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Nate Hamilton (right) exhorts the crowd to love one another and help build a peaceful community in 2016 as brother Dameion Perkins looks on. (File photo by Andrea Waxman)Almost seven years ago, Nate Hamilton was working as a roofer, trying to create a good life for his two kids.
Then the death of his brother changed the direction of his life, launching him toward a leadership role to improve relations between police and the community.
His brother, Dontre Hamilton, was killed by a Milwaukee police officer on April 30, 2014, and the incident led to huge protests in Milwaukee and national media attention.
Hamilton became a spokesman for his family, the founder of the Coalition for Justice, and a leader of the protests – though always with an emphasis on nonviolence.
These days, Hamilton leads a city commission that aims to improve relations between the community and the Milwaukee Police Department.
Black people “both as individuals and as a whole, have failed to acknowledge the importance of ourselves,” Hamilton said. “It has become my goal to encourage people to attach themselves to what they care about and fight for it.”
Now a father of five, Hamilton is juggling parenting, being a business owner …

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