Akilah Johnson beat out 100,000 students from all over the country to win Google’s “Doodle 4 Google” national competition, and she did it by paying homage to her roots.
The tech giant asked students to submit drawings under the theme, “What makes me…me,” and for the 15-year-old, the answer was easy: the ancestors.
“I grew up learning a lot about my history as an African American. As I grew older, I realized that the Black people that came before us has made us into what we are today, so of course I had to include them in my doodle,” she explained.
Johnson’s drawing, titled “My Afrocentric Life,” is full of #BlackGirlMagic, relying on braids to spell out Google and prominently featuring Black women with kinky hair, a huge afro, a Black power fist, the continent of Africa, and a sign that read, “Black Lives Matter.”
Johnson, the first Black winner of the competition, said the inspiration for the piece came from the quote, “Be the type of person that not only turns heads, but turns souls.”
And from the looks of her beautiful drawing, she hit the mark.
As the winner of “Doodle for Google” Johnson will receive a $30,000 scholarship and her school will also get a $50,000 technology grant.
Although Johnson is an exceptional artist, she wants to be a CSI detective when she grow up. Don’t worry, though, Johnson said she’ll always be an artist, and the teen also wants to start an arts and crafts studio for kids.
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