Akilah Johnson Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest

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Akilah Johnson Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest

Here is a quick story that gave us the feels because we actually stopped yesterday morning and took in the day’s Google Doodle asking ourselves, “Wow who drew that?” If you’re ever doing a quick google search for a project for work or school sometimes you’ll notice Google changing up their look. The page change may be in the form of a picture or short animated feature. For instance, during the Olympics Google has been known to animate the Olympic logo or an athlete character. Or you may have noticed artwork on various holidays. These little changes we notice here and there are designed by different creative people. Nevertheless, Google held a Doodle 4 Google contest that would showcase the work of one very talented and lucky winner which turned out to be Akilah Johnson.

As soon as we saw the drawing we immediately began researching for answers. We just had to know more about the artist as well as the meaning behind the artwork. Well, in no time flat we had the answers we had been seeking. The artist is a talented young woman from D.C. who is only 15 years of age! The talented teen was selected from 100,000 submissions during Google’s “Doodle 4 Google” contest. Akilah Johnson is the first student as well as African American from D.C. to win the national competition. It looks like Black Girl Magic has struck again!

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The piece drawn by Akilah Johnson is so striking you instantly feel like a much older soul must of created it. Nonetheless, Johnson’s artwork entitled, “My Afrocentric Life” is hers and hers alone. Whom or what served as the inspiration for her piece? Akilah Johnson explained,

“One of my teachers from Roots, Baba Camera, is really what made me look at art in a different way. As I grew older, I had 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 some way.”

So very true! The selected Google Doodle includes key black figures such as: Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X. Such ones did in fact set the stage for today’s black community.

Winning the Doodle 4 Google contest meant more than just having the chance for millions to see her artwork. As the winner, Akilah Johnson will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education Grant. Way to go Akilah and we hope to see more beautiful work from you in the future!

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