By Jeff Pfeiffer
Originally scheduled to have been dedicated back in August until Hurricane Irene put things on hold, the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will finally be officially dedicated this Sunday, Oct. 16. BET, Centric and BET.com will feature a live, commercial-free simulcast of the dedication starting at 11am ET, hosted by BET News anchor Ed Gordon, correspondent Lola Ogunnaike and special contributor Nia-Malika Henderson of the Washington Post. The event will feature an opening performance by Aretha Franklin and an address by President Obama to formally dedicate the memorial.
BET will lead up to this coverage with other programming devoted to the memory of Dr. King and what he stood for, including a new episode of Bobby Jones Gospel at 9am, and encore airings of the BET News specials Michelle Obama on a Mission: Impact Africa at 10am, and Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of M.L.K. at 10:30am.