New editions of 4 King books in the works

SAPA980331372060Four books by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that have been long out of print will be published again under a deal with Beacon Press brokered by King’s youngest son.

Beacon, a department of the Unitarian Universalist Assn., publishes books on social justice, human rights and racial equality. Among the authors it has published are James Baldwin, Derrick Bell, Cornel West, Howard Thurman, Marian Wright Edelman and Roger Wilkins.

On Jan. 18, 2010 — the federal holiday observing what would have been King’s 80th birthday — the Boston-based publisher will release new editions of “Stride Toward Freedom,” first published in 1958, King’s memoir of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and 1956; “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?,” first published in 1967; “Trumpet of Conscience,” first published in 1968; and “Strength to Love,” first published in 1963, a volume of his most well-known homilies and the book in the civil rights leader’s briefcase when he was killed on April 4, 1968.

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Pictured: Coretta Scott King and her husband Martin Luther King 09 December 1964 in Oslo where the US clergyman and civil rights leader received 10 December the Nobel Peace Prize. Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. King’s killing sent shock waves through American society at the time, and is still regarded as a landmark event in recent US history. (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)