Martin Luther King Font Update #28

Question marks and a Questionaire

April / May 2022

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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 2022 May”. I recommend uninstalling older versions to keep your font menu organized. The next update will arrive in early June 2022.

Let's talk fonts.

This update adds two new signs urgently needed: Question marks. And I like to hear from you! I created a questionnaire.

The letters of the Martin Luther King font are based on original manuscripts. The more a handwriting project progresses, the more likely it is to reach the limits of the archives. I remember, for example, working on Sigmund Freud's handwriting that I could not find a capital Q. Freud mainly wrote in German, and the language doesn't have many words starting with Q. There is a similar issue with the capital letter Z in the English language. (Which I still haven't found in the case of Dr. King's handwriting!) But there was one sign missing which was somewhat surprising, the question mark. All the samples I had did not include a question mark.

With this in mind, I reached out to Prof. Clayborne Carson from the Martin Luther King Papers Project at Stanford University. Kindly Carson sent me a scan of a handwritten document, which includes two question marks. The paper is the earliest known text of any sermon King delivered:
The website of the King Papers project says about this text:
This handwritten document, the earliest known text of any sermon King delivered as associate pastor at Ebenezer, illustrates his use of personal experiences and relationships in his preaching. In the sermons he delivered at his home church during the summer of 1949, King displayed a willingness to address the issue of race relations.

Are you curious to read the rest? You can find the complete text here:
Because there were two Question marks, I decided to add both of them to the font. As you type, the font shuffles between the two versions to create a more natural look, and no two exact question marks will stand next to each other:

reader reader, I like to hear from you!

I appreciate your interest in this project. The font is for people like you who are interested in Dr. King's work. I like to hear from you how your experience as a user has been so far and where you see room for improvement.

Your input will help me to make the project better.
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I want to take some space to thank 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:

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

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. 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.

2. 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?
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.

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

Update History:

Update #28: 28. April 2022. This update adds two signs: A question mark and an alternative Question mark.
Update #27: 9. April 2022. This update adds two new letterforms, lowercase final-letter a and f. Further, five new documents to download. Four sample documents for Word, Pages, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and InDesign to make it easy for you to get started with the font. New PDF "How to use the MLK handwriting font" that explains the basics of using the font like size and line space.
Update #26: 2. March 2022. This update adds five new letterforms, lowercase final-letter m, and initial letters l, m, r, w.
Update #25: 20. January 2022. This update was about using the font.
Update #24: 9. December 2021. This update adds three new letterforms, lowercase final-letter y and w, and an isolated letter form a. Further, the altering mechanism in the font is completely updated.
Update #23: 25. October 2021. This update adds two new letterforms, lowercase final-letter p, and x.
Update #22: 28. August 2021. This update adds two new letterforms, lowercase inital letter q and an alternative i.
Update #21: 28. August 2021. This update adds two new letterforms lowercase final form d and r.
Update #20: 7. August 2021. This update adds 3 new letterforms, lowercase initial letters e, g, and u.
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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