Akilah Johnson, a 10th grader from Washington, D.C., is Google’s first African American winner. Drawn as a box braid, Johnson’s doodle, entitled “My Afrocentric Life,” was brought to life with color pencils, black crayons and Sharpie markers. Akilah’s doodle depicts African-American culture, weaving from left to right childhood experiences and shades of her personality with such current-day themes as the Black Lives Matter movement, influences that she says made her who she is today.
Johnson will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and her school, Eastern Senior High School, will be awarded a $50,000 education-technology grant. She will visit Google with her mom and teacher.