The Story Behind Today's Awesome Google Doodle Will Melt Your Heart

High school sophomore was inspired by Black Lives Matter.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

One of the best parts of using Google is the ever-changing design (or doodle) that appears above the search engine. The story behind today's beautiful image may surprise you--it's from the mind of high school sophomore Akilah Johnson.

Akilah, a sophomore at Eastern Senior High School in Northeast Washington, entered and won Google's national Doodle 4 Google contest. Her design was chosen from among 100,000 student entries. “It is really overwhelming,” Akilah tells The Washington Post.  “I was so excited, I started crying."

Akilah is more than a lucky artist; her design comes with a strong message. This year’s contest theme was: “What makes me…me.” She drew a piece titled “My Afrocentric Life,” using color pencils, black crayons and Sharpie markers, which includes symbols of black culture and the Black Lives Matter movement. “Of all the things I chose to include," she says, "the six most special to me are the Symbol of Life [the ankh], the African continent, where everything began for me and my ancestors, the Eye of Horus, the word ‘power’ drawn in black, the woman’s fist based on one of my favorite artist’s works, and the D.C. flag — because I’m a Washingtonian at heart and I love my city with everything in me!”

Here is Akilah's empowering design:

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