02/12/2015 06:57 EST | Updated 04/14/2015 05:59 EDT

Daybreak broadcasts from Inhairitance salon in St-Henri

In 2014, the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner pushed the conversation about race relations into the spotlight across North America. 

The deaths ignited widespread protests and sparked the Twitter hashtags #ICantBreathe, #IfTheyGunnedMeDown and #CrimingWhileWhite.

How is Montreal doing when it comes to issues surrounding race and identity? 

Host Mike Finnerty and the Daybreak team will tackle that question during a special live broadcast from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Friday from Inhairitance salon in St-Henri.

The live event will feature:

- Inhairitance owner Abisara Machold speaking about about hair and identity. 

- Benaiah McDonald sharing his story of racial profiling and his complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission. 

- Daybreak's Shari Okeke with stories from women who chose natural hair styles and what it means to them. 

- A panel of black leaders —Stephen Hennessy, Sylvia Stewart and Kai Thomas — discussing present day race relations in Montreal. 

- Montreal Police Chief Marc Parent discussing what the SPVM is doing to improve relationships with members of visible minority communities. 

Come say hello to the Daybreak team and watch the broadcast live at 3522 Notre-Dame St. West.