Dontre Hamilton's mother Maria to speak at Democratic National Convention

Posted at 1:16 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 18:23:18-04

MILWAUKEE -- The list of speakers at the Democratic National Convention was released Friday.  Maria Hamilton, whose son Dontre Hamilton was killed by police in 2014, will speak at the convention.

"I'm a part of history. The work that we as mothers of the stolen lives is, as we perceive them, is we have a voice and the nation will have the opportunity to hear our voice and our stories," explained Maria Hamilton.

Hamilton will share the stage with about 25 other women involved in "Mothers of the Movement."  This is a group of mothers to black men and women who either lost their lives to gun violence or in the custody of police. 

"There will be backlash about them actually allowing the mothers to speak since we've been so vocal about the gun laws, we've been so vocal about police brutality and we've all been very active in the investigations of our children's deaths," said Hamilton.

Hamilton says the group will get 30 minutes to speak sometime between 6:30pm-9:00pm.

"I hope they really and truly hear us and apply it to the way their lives are now.  It's not okay to stand by and be silent anymore, we're human beings.  I'm not just my race."

Hamilton says Hillary Clinton was the first politician to support "Mothers of the Movement."  She sat with the group as they shared their stories and voiced their concerns. 

"I'm grateful that Hillary Clinton gave me a platform to speak so I can tell my story and my voice is heard," said Hamilton.

Hamilton says she'll join Clinton on the campaign trail.