BET celebrates Inauguration and MLK Weekend with Alex Haley's Roots and more

BET (Black Entertainment Television) has begun its Inaugural and Martin Luther King holiday line up.

The network hosts its own Inaugural Ball Monday night live from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Wayne Brady hosts BET's Inaugural Ball celebration that airs from 9 p.m. EST until 2:00 a.m. BET Networks' Inaugural Ball will include 3 areas of entertainment with live performances by Bell Biv Devoe, Doug E. Fresh, Frederic Yonnet, MC Lyte and feature a special DJ set by Jermaine Dupri along with DJ Kiss, DJ D-Nice and DJ Quick Silva.

Monday, BET will also have online and on air coverage of the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Award-winning journalists Ed Gordon and Cynne Simpson will anchor coverage of the Presidential Inauguration and celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with renowned civil rights activists, political pundits and pop culture experts from the Roof of the Newseum in Washington DC.

BET News will also have contributors reporting from the US Capitol and along the Inauguration parade route including Duarte Geraldino, Melissa Knowles , Keli Goff and Dorian Warren. Additionally interviews from the inauguration will include Civil Rights Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams, National African American Vote Director for Obama for America Stefanie Brown James, Commander in Chic author Mikki Taylor, USA Today Columnist & Professor of Journalism & Chair at Morgan State University DeWayne Wickham and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter Elder Bernice A. King.

"FROM KING TO PRESIDENT: AMERICA CELEBRATES " premieres LIVE Monday, January 21 at 11 AM ET/ 8 AM PT on BET and CENTRIC and will continue LIVE coverage with the Inauguration Parade starting at 3 PM ET/ 12 PM PT.During and following the LIVE on-air BET News special, "From King to President: America Celebrates," will continue the conversation with a small group of invited guests who will provide perspectives on the speech beyond political observations. Also, viewers can join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETObamaMLK and #Obama4more.

Special Dedicated Programming Includes:

*ROSA PARKS STORY airs Saturday, January 19 at 1:30 PM on BET and Monday, January 21 at 9 AM ET/PT on CENTRIC.

*Alex's Haley's "QUEEN" airs Saturday, January 19 from 3:30-11PM ET/PT on BET.

*"BET NEWS: MICHELLE OBAMA ON A MISSION" airs Sunday, January 20 at 10:30 AM ET/PT on BET.

* "KING" mini-series airs Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 11 AM ET/PT on BET.

*"SEPARATE BUT EQUAL" airs Monday, January 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM on CENTRIC.

*"ROOTS" will air beginning Sunday, January 20 at 5 PM and continue on Monday, January 21 before, between and after Inauguration programming on BET.

source PR newswire
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