Akilah Johnson, 15 Wins National Google Art Contest

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Akilah Johnson is the first African American to have her art work chosen for Google.

 

She has earned $30,000 towards college and $50,000 for her school.

 

And, she’s only 15 years old.

 

Johnson, who lives in Washington, D.C., was selected from 100,000 submissions as the winner of Google’s “Doodle 4 Google” national competition.

 

When asked what inspired her piece, “My Afrocentric Life”, which includes names like Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and more, Johnson said:

 

“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 have made us into what we are today. So of course, I had to include them in some way.”

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