Demetrius Nash, also known as D.Nash, has become Chicago's leader for political justice and social awareness. In the wake of the LaQuan McDonald shooting, Nash knew a change needed to happen in Chicago and other cities. As a former gang member and ex-convict, Nash was once a part of the problem but had plans to be part of the solution. In early 2017, Demetrius Nash
created Replace Guns With Hammers, a community initiative to help young men learn skills in construction while rehabbing buildings in underdeveloped communities. The enthused activist had a strong passion to bring awareness of the violence that has dismantled families and the best way to do this is to wake the nation by bringing it to every city’s attention, one step at a time.