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Daybreak broadcasts from Inhairitance salon in St-Henri

In a special show honouring Black History Month, Daybreak invited members of Montreal's black community to come tell their stories and give listeners a sense of the events and issues that are important right now.

Benaiah McDonald, Stephen Hennessy, Sylvia Stewart, Kai Thomas and Marc Parent joined host Mike Finnerty

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      Daybreak was live from Inhairitance salon in St-Henri Friday with a special show in honour of Black History Month. 

      We invited members of Montreal's black community to come tell their stories and give listeners a sense of the events and issues that are important right now. 

      Montreal's chief of police and CRARR

      Montreal police chief Marc Parent joined us for an interview on the relationship between officers and the black community in Montreal. He also took questions from members of the audience on issues that matter to them, like diversity training for police officers and sending a positive message to youth. 

      We also looked at issues of racial profiling with Benaiah McDonald, a Montrealer who was involved in a years-long effort to have a police operation gone wrong condemned as racial discrimination. Fo Niemi, from the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations spoke about taking the case to the Quebec Human Rights Commission.

      Just before Christmas, Benaiah McDonald got some bad news. He learned that his years-long effort to see condemned as racial discrimination a police operation gone badly wrong had been denied by the Quebec Human Rights Commission. 9:01

      Politics of hair

      Our writer-broadcaster Shari Okeke explored the politics of hair for black women with Abisara Machold, the owner of Inhairitance.

      Sabrina Burke gets a flat twist at Inhairitance, a Montreal salon that specializes in natural hair styles. (Shari Okeke/CBC)

      Machold encourages women to embrace their natural hair texture and says that learning to take care of natural hair after many years of using chemical treatments to straighter hair can be an emotional learning process. 

      Daybreak's arts reporter Jeanette Kelly met the Wilson family, who are keeping the tradition of playing the steelpan alive.

      Jeanette Kelly speaks with the Wilsons, a Montreal family who are keeping the tradition of playing the steelpan alive, as part of Daybreak's remote broadcast at Inhairitance salon in St-Henri. 5:33

      Community members highlight important issues for the future

      To close off the show, host Mike Finnerty held a panel discussion on the issues and future of the black community of Montreal.

      He was joined by guests Stephen Hennessy from the Westhaven-Elmhurst Community Association in NDG, Sylvia Stewart, an actress, filmmaker and member of the National ACTRA Diversity Committee and Kai Thomas from the DESTA Black Youth Network.

      We are joined by Stephen Hennessy from the Westhaven-Elmhurst Community Association in NDG, Sylvia Stewart, an actor, filmmaker, and member National ACTRA Diversity Committee and Kai Thomas, with the DESTA Black Youth Network. 9:41

      Thank you to our CBC Daybreak listeners!

      We want to thank all our listeners who came by with their warm greetings.

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