BET, TV One To Provide Live Coverage Of King Memorial Dedication


BET and TV One will offer live coverage of Sunday morning's Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Dedication in Washington, D.C.

BET's coverage of the dedication ceremonies - which was initially scheduled for Aug.28 but was postponed due to Hurricane Irene -- begins at 11 a.m. ET, according to network officials. Hosted by BET News Anchor Ed Gordon, Correspondent Lola Ogunnaike and the Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson, the special will feature an opening performance by the Aretha Franklin and an address by President Barack Obama.

As part of the celebration, BET will offer special programming throughout the day in tribute to the memory of Dr. King, including a new episode of Bobby Jones Gospel and encore airings of BET News Specials Michelle Obama On A Mission: Impact Africa and Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of M.L.K.

TV One's coverage begins at 9 a.m. and will be anchored by Roland Martin, host of TV One's Sunday news program Washington Watch with Roland Martin, and Sirius XM Radio host Joe Madison.

Along with live coverage of the dedication ceremonies, TV One said it will rebroadcast of Dr. King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech in its entirety. The program will also feature interviews with some of the celebrities and attendees on the significance of Dr. King and the memorial, including Hill Harper, Jasmine Guy, Phylicia Rashad, Lalah Hathaway, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cathy Hughes and Nancy Wilson.

In addition, Karen Finney, MSNBC contributor and Democratic strategist; Deborah Simmons, senior correspondent for The Washington Times; and syndicated columnists Cynthia Tucker and George Curry will provide insights on the dedication.

"The dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial marks an historic day in Washington and in our country, and we want to share with our viewers the excitement and splendor of this long-awaited event," said TV One President and CEO Wonya Lucas in a statement. "We are pleased to offer full coverage of this powerful event celebrating the Memorial, which will serve as a continual reminder of Dr. King's dream of this country's potential for freedom, opportunity, and justice for all."