Black Teen Makes History With Google Doodle

A Washington, D.C. 10th grader has been crowned Google’s top doodler.

Akilah Johnson’s doodle, which honors her African American heritage, is featured on the organization’s home page. It was selected from 100,000 submissions to the “Doodle 4 Google” competition for young artists.

Johnson’s doodle, entitled “My Afrocentric Life,” weaves childhood experiences and shades of her personality with current-day themes like the Black Lives Matter movement.

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“I grew up learning a lot about my history as an African American, said Johnson. “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.”

Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Angela Davis, Colin Powell and Bill Cosby are all featured in her work.

“I didn’t think I was going to win,” the 15-year-old told USA Today. “Then when I got up there and it hit me, I started crying so hard. It was unbelievable.”