BET to dedicate Sunday's programming to MLK

By the Associated Press | August 25, 2011 | 10:50 PM EDT

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 file photo, the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington. The dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington has been postponed indefinitely as Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — BET still plans to dedicate Sunday's programming to Martin Luther King, Jr., even though his memorial won't be unveiled that day due to Hurricane Irene.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial was supposed to be unveiled at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Sunday is the 48th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

BET says it still plans to air programs related to the slain civil rights leader Sunday, including "Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK," a special which takes a look at King's role in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

The network also will air "Michelle Obama on a Mission: Impact Africa," which follows the First Lady's travels to South Africa and Botswana.

President Barack Obama was to have spoken Sunday, which BET planned to show on its channel.

Centric, BET's sister channel, will also dedicate Sunday's programming to King.