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January 15, 2010

The King Legacy

Filed under: African American, History, Literary — pennefesm @ 3:58 pm

phpMyjfF0Our friends at Beacon Press in Boston have partnered with the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. in a new publishing program, “The King Legacy,” which gives Beacon the sole right to print new editions of previously published King titles and to compile Dr. King’s writings, sermons, orations, lectures, and prayers into entirely new editions, including significant new introductions by leading scholars.

Beacon Press director Helene Atwan writes: “ I have been rereading and listening to Dr. King a lot of late (as you might imagine) and what surprises me most is how current his thinking is, how he seems to be speaking not from the 1950s or 60s but from the post 9/11 era, even from the Obama era. What he has to say to us in an age of globalization, in a so-called ‘post-racial’ age, is as valid and in some respects more urgent in a world where 25,000 children die in poverty every day; in a world where American soldiers are killing and dying in an unjust war; in a world where too many people are judged daily by the color of their skin, or the name they give their God, rather than the content of their character.”

Now available from Beacon Press are:

php8fMmcaStride Toward Freedom, Dr. King’s account of the Montgomery bus boycott, a book which should be read not only for its historic value but for what it teaches us about community activism. Like all of the books in the King Legacy, Stride has a new introduction (this one by acclaimed King scholar Clayborne Carson), which places the book in its historic perspective and describes how the book speaks to the twenty-first century.


php7D2P30Where Do We Go From Here, which was first published in paperback by Beacon Press in 1968 and includes a foreword by Coretta Scott King and new introduction by Dr. Vincent Harding, who was a close associate of Dr. King and is the author of many works about him.



To learn more about the King Legacy and Beacon Press, to order books, and to find additional resources on the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., go here.

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