Maya Angelou part of Michael Jackson tribute

Poet encourages fans to partake in pointillism portrait

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Poet Maya Angelou is inviting fans of Michael Jackson to be represented in a pointillism portrait of the late singer, who died almost a year ago.

Angelou met Monday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., with artist David Ilan, who is putting together the tribute. Ilan placed a dot representing Angelou in the heart area on the portrait.

Ilan says he hopes 1 million people will each ask through a website to be represented by one of the free dots. So far, the portrait has 250,000 dots, representing fans in 180 countries. Pointillism is an art technique in which small dots are used to form an image.

Angelou also read the poem she wrote for Jackson's funeral, titled "We Had Him." Queen Latifah read the poem at the funeral.
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