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

Dexter King called it a historic partnership that will bring his father’s words to a global audience. Beacon, a department of the Unitarian Universalist Association, publishes books on social justice, human rights and racial equality.

The Boston-based publisher will release new editions of “Stride Toward Freedom,” “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?,” “Trumpet of Conscience” and “Strength to Love” in 2010.

Under the agreement, Beacon will also compile King’s writings, sermons, lectures and prayers into new editions with introductions by leading scholars.