If the Google doodle today (March 21, 2016) caught your eye and made you feel a sense of Black pride, high school sophomore Akilah Johnson is to thank. Johnson is the first African American to win the Google Doodle competition.
The contest’s theme this year was “What Makes Me…Me” and Johnson says she was inspired by her time at Roots Public Charter School, which taught her a great deal about her African heritage and Afrocentric lifestyle. The doodle displays a box, the Ankh (symbol of life), the African continent, the Eye of Horus, the word “power”, a Black woman’s fist, the D.C. flag, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Angela Davis, Colin Powell and Bill Cosby.
Johnson will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and her school, Eastern Senior High School, will be awarded a $50,000 education-technology grant. Are we the only ones who feel like this young lady knows more about our Black culture than most grown people?