Presidental Programming: BET Gets Into The Inauguration Spirit With Special Coverage

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January 21, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown
The 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama (Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com)

The 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama
(Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com)

If you can’t make it to the Presidential Inauguration, tune into BET. BET and CENTRIC With LIVE BET will feature Inauguration news and MLK dedicated specials. This special programming began over the weekend with airings of films like Queen and Roots, and today the cable network will air live coverage of the 57th Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama titled “From King to President: America Celebrates” that starts at 11am ET.

According to a press release, BET News will provide extensive on-air and online coverage of the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, as well as celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Award-winning journalists Ed Gordon and Cynne Simpson will anchor coverage of the Inauguration and will include a discussion with renowned civil rights activists, political pundits and pop culture experts from the roof of the Newseum in Washington, DC.

BET News will also be on the spot with contributors reporting from the U.S. Capitol and along the Inauguration parade. The coverage will also include interviews from the inauguration with Civil Rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams, the first laywoman to give an invocation at a presidential inauguration; national African American vote director for Obama for America, Stefanie Brown James; Commander in Chic author Mikki Taylor; and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter Elder Bernice A. King.

It doesn’t stop there. BET Networks will also host an Inaugural Ball on Monday, January 21 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

If you’re looking to channel surf throughout the day, there will be no shortage of inauguration coverage. A quick look at the dial shows that CBS and NBC along with CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and a number of other stations will also be airing inauguration coverage throughout the day.

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