Martin Luther King Jr. handwriting font
Update #23

There’s a new update available to the Martin Luther King Font. You can download the font from your account:

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This update adds two new letterforms, lowercase inital letter q and an alternative i.

The new version will show up in your font menu as “Martin Luther King 2021 October”. I recommend uninstalling older versions to keep your font menu organized.

Transparency is important. Please find a detailed spreadsheet with the total number of supporters and donations →here.

A big “Thank you.”
to everybody who supported the creation of the font this month. This update is possible because of the financial support of 22 people from around the world. I want to take some space to thank them:

J. Harris, Montgomery, Al 🇺🇸
J. Horton, North Turramurra, NSW 🇦🇺
N. Renner, New Britain, CT 🇺🇸
B. Desclee, Brussels 🇧🇪
K. Engelbrecht, Bern 🇨🇭
R. Wampler, Colorado Springs, CO 🇺🇸
D. Chamberlain, Benicia, CA 🇺🇸
H. de Wolf, Zaandijk 🇳🇱
K. Tilley, Linthicum Heights, MD 🇺🇸
C. Smith, Nedlands, WA 🇦🇺
J. Ford, New York, NY 🇺🇸
P. Herman, Bonsall, CA 🇺🇸
F. Chaplais, Ile de France 🇫🇷
J. Holze, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt 🇩🇪
N. Wilson, Broken Arrow, OK 🇺🇸
T. Zwitserlood, Amsterdam, NH 🇳🇱
J. Wilson, Nashville, TN 🇺🇸
G. Sjölin, Örebro 🇸🇪
R. Lindsey, Grand Terrace, CA 🇺🇸
H. Colsman-Freyberger, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg 🇩🇪
F. Engerer, Nürnberg, Bavaria 🇩🇪
H. Billetter, Kerpen, North Rhine-Westphalia 🇩🇪
D. Vick, Lansing, MI 🇺🇸

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Let’s talk fonts.


This update adds two new letterforms, lowercase final-letter p, and x.

The alphabet has uppercase and lowercase letters, but when looking at handwriting, one can notice that lowercase letters are drawn differently at the middle, beginning, or end of a word. These forms are called initial or final forms.

When looking at Dr. King’s handwriting, these initial and final forms are significant. To me, it even seems that there is a kind of joy in the swashes and intricate forms we find at the beginning and end of his handwritten words. That is why it is so important to me to bring these forms into the font. Then, as you type, the font automatically chooses the right letterform for you.

These changes may seem small, but it enriches the reader with a variety of forms. And I find this kind of complexity is very pleasing for the eye.

If this is not working on your computer, look at the tutorial from →Update #16 on activating Initial and Final Forms, it might help.

Below you see the new letters in the context of the original manuscripts “An Autobiography of Religious Development” Page 10 and 11.


American Prophet: The Inner Life and Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.


I wanted to recommend you an online learning resource about Dr. King. 

Clayborne Carson, the editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., will take you on a tour of discovery through Atlanta, Boston, Albany, Washington D.C., Selma, and Memphis, to illuminate the lives of Martin and Coretta Scott King. You will follow Dr. King from his sudden and unexpected emergence as an internationally known nonviolence and human rights advocate. You will also learn about the central role that Coretta Scott King played as a partner and activist during Martin’s lifetime and afterward.

I just started this course, and so far, it is an entertaining and educating format. Are you enrolling too? I am curious to hear what you think about it. 

The course is free, and for a fee, you can get a certificate upon completion. Find out more here. 


Two ways to support the Martin Luther King font.


This project is very dear to me; I hope you enjoy the font. Without support, this project would not be possible! The more people support the project, the more time I can spend working on the font.

1. Spread the word.

Share this email or share a link to the project site: https://haraldgeisler.com/martin-luther-king-font with friends, family, and colleagues you think would be interested in the font.

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2. Donate regularly to the font.

I will add one additional letter for each 100€ ($110, £90) donated monthly. The continuity will help me and the rhythm of the project.

I like to download and donate monthly…

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