Martin Luther King Font Update #19

June/July 2021


Dear reader reader,

You downloaded the Martin Luther King handwriting font, and I wanted to let you know that an updated version is ready for you to download from your account:
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The new version will show up in your font menu as “Martin Luther King 2021 July”. I recommend uninstalling older versions to keep your font menu organized. The next update is scheduled for July 27, 2021

Let's talk fonts.

This update adds five new letterforms, lowercase l (version 2), and initial letters a, c, o, and s.

The alphabet has uppercase and lowercase letters, but when looking at handwriting, one can notice that lowercase letters are drawn differently at the 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.

Podcast Tip:

World House Podcast

I mentioned this podcast in the last newsletter. It is so good, that is why I like to recommend it to you twice.
world house podcast
I can highly recommend this podcast to you. Dr. Clayborne Carson is the director of the King Papers Project and Editor of Dr. Kings Autobiography. When I started making the font, I reached out to Carson to recommend manuscripts to me for my research on King's handwriting. He sent me a specific document which you've already seen. A picture of (a copy of) it is the header of this email. I use these printouts to mark letterforms. In Episode 3, "Crozer Theological Seminary," Carson explains why this manuscript is so important.

The 21 episodes are a pleasure to listen to and very well produced. The structure of the episodes appears to be oriented on the book Carson wrote on King. So, on the one hand, the podcast gives you an excellent overview of Dr. King's life, and on top, you get updated on the current research status. Have a look:
World House Podcast

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 23 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 🇩🇪
K. Moylan, Dickson, Australian Capital Territory 🇦🇺

How can you 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.

Do you have a colleague or friend that might be interested in this? Maybe a high school teacher or student working on Dr. King. Please share this email or link to the project site: with friends, family, and colleagues you think would be interested in the font.

2. Donate regularly to the font.

I will add one additional letter for each 100€ ($110, £90) donated monthly, and sometimes I add some more. reader reader if you want to support: please donate monthly. The continuity will help me and the rhythm of the project. You can find a detailed report on the received donations →here.
If you have any questions about this project, reply to this email. I am happy to help.

Enjoy the font and stay tuned for more updates,

Do you have questions about fonts and how to use them?

I have prepared a → helpful font guide that will guide you through the necessary steps of installing a font on different devices. If your question is not covered in the PDF, reply to this email. I am happy to help.

Lost Password?

Did you forget your password to download the font? To reset a password, try this link:, and enter your email - this will automatically send you a new password. (Please check your spam folder - automated emails tend to go there)

Then go to, enter your new credentials, and download the font.

Update History:

Update #19: 30. June 2021. This update adds five new letterforms, lowercase l (version 2), and initial letters a, c, o, and s.
Update #18: 1. June 2021. This update adds two new letterforms, lowercase o (version 2) and u (version 2).
Update #17: 12. May 2021. This update adds two new final letterforms, lowercase g and y, and an alternate version of the initial lowercase i. Further, the update fixes (4) the size of the new numbers that shipped with the April Update. And finally, I have added a new PDF to showcase the font.
Update #16: 30. March 2021. Added numbers: 6, 7, 8, 9, 0, 0 (version 2) and semicolon.
Update #15: 28. February 2021: Added Numbers: 1,2,3,4,5
Update #14: 9. January 2021: Added the letters: ă â à ā ą å ã ć č ç ě ê ė è ē ẽ ḡ î ï ì ī į ĩ ĺ ł ń ň ñ ô ò ő ō õ ŕ ř ś š ţ û ù ű ų ů ũ ŵ ẁ ŷ ỳ ỹ ź ž ż as well as the dollar sign and an alternative comma.
Update #13 Added 29. December 2020: capital letter X, parenthesis left and right (), improvised: Aacute, Adieresis, Eacute, Edieresis, Iacute, Idieresis, Jacute, Oacute, Odieresis, Uacute, Udieresis, Wacute, Wdieresis, Yacute, Ydieresis, aacute, adieresis, eacute, edieresis, edotaccent, iacute, idieresis, jdotless, jacute, oacute, odieresis, uacute, udieresis, wacute, wdieresis, yacute, ydieresis.
Update #12 Added 30. November 2020: initial p and f, and a variation for the lowercase t.
Update #11 Added 29. October 2020: special form I, final-form t
Update #10 Added 28. August 2020: J, initial form y, colon
Update #9 Added 28. July 2020: Q, final form e, Alternative Form U
Update #8 Added 28. June 2020: P, final form n, initial form i
Update #7 Added 28. May 2020: Number: repaired ligature features, U, final form y & s
Update #6 Added 28. April 2020: Numbers: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 (Numbers are complete)
Update #5 Added 31. March 2020: Capital letters: D — Numbers: 4
Update #4 Added 25. February 2020: Capital letters: I — Numbers: 1, 9
Update #3 Added 25. January 2020: Capital letters: A, R
Update #2 Added 27. December 2019: Capital letters: C, E, O, V — Numbers: 2, 0 — Signs: hyphen
Update #1 Added 27. November 2019: Capital letters: L, K, N, W, S, T, F, B, Y, H — lower-case letter: g — initial lower-case letter: t.init — Signs: Bullet, comma, quote-single (or apostrophe - very important for English), quote-double, quote-double left, quote-double right
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