Mid-Southerners honor King by forming aerial art design

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Hundreds of Mid-Southerners lined up at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis Sunday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a creative way -  by forming a massive art design in his likeness.

On this day in 1983, President Reagan signed a bill making the civil rights leader's birthday an official holiday, the first national holiday to honor an African American.
The human art formation was sponsored by Amnesty International and marked the end of the group's weeklong regional meeting in the Bluff City.

"It's extremely difficult. Only a few people in the world can actually do it, especially with volunteers and participants from the community," said event producer Marc Levey. "There are commercials that hire people to do this, and they spend days and days doing it. This is a very spontaneous work of art."

Before taking their places, participants enjoyed music from local choirs and heard from speakers about the event's theme, "Keep The Dream Alive."

"We see this as a chance for people to stand hand in hand and to come together as a movement, and that's what Dr. King did," said participant Jared Feuer. "That was his inspiration. He brought people together from all sides and all backgrounds to stand together for basic concepts of justice. And so how else could we do it, but in the formation of Dr. King...hand in hand."

It took organizers several hours to get everyone in place.
Amnesty International organized a similar tribute honoring Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday.