By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated August 26, 2011 at 07:53 PM EDT

Even the expected heavy rains from Hurricane Irene won’t put a damper on BET’s plans to honor Martin Luther King on Sunday.

King’s memorial was due to be unveiled on Sunday to mark the 48th anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech at the National Mall. Those plans have since been cancelled following the news that Hurricane Irene would make its way up the east coast. But BET says it will continue its plans to air programs to commemorate the King’s role as a civil rights leader, like Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK and the documentary Michelle Obama on a Mission: Impact Africa, which follows the first lady on her travels through Bostwana and South Africa.