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The mission of Beacon Press is to afrm the inherent worth and dignity of every person;to promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; to encourage the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process in society; to further the goal of worldcommunity with peace, liberty, and justice for all; to foster respect for the interdependentweb of all existence; and to bear witness to the importance of literature and the arts indemocratic life.
Founded in 1854, Beacon has published many groundbreaking classics, including JamesBaldwin’s
Notes of a Native Son
, Herbert Marcuse’s
, Jean BakerMiller’s
Toward a New Psychology of Women
, and Mary Daly’s
. In 1971,Beacon published the Senator Gravel edition of The Pentagon Papers in ve volumes,prompting a call from then-president Richard Nixon and ultimately resulting in a SupremeCourt case. Beacon is also the publisher of Cornel West’s acclaimed
, MichaelPatrick MacDonald’s
, and eleven titles by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet MaryOliver.
BEACON PRESS TODAY: THE KING LEGACY SERIES
In May 2009, Beacon Press announced a new partnership with the Estate of Martin LutherKing Jr. for a new publishing program, The King Legacy. Beacon will print new editionsof previously published King titles and compile Dr. King’s writings, sermons, orations,lectures, and prayers into entirely new editions, including signicant new introductions byleading scholars. This partnership brings together the legacy of one of the most importantcivil rights and social justice leaders in the world with one of the oldest and most respectedindependent publishing houses in America.
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