Celebrating Nkosi Johnson
Child Aids activist Nkosi Johnson was honoured on Tuesday with a google doodle. Johnson would have turned 31 this year, but he died of Aids-related complications on the 1st of June 2001, at the age of 12.
At the time, Johnson was South Africa’s longest surviving HIV-positive-born child.
According to Google, Johnson was selected to honour the “life and legacy of a voice of change heard by millions around the world”.
Johnson was the first thrust into the spotlight in 1997 when he was fighting to get into a school that rejected him on the basis of his HIV status. Nkosi Johnson alongside his mother Gail Johnson took the stand and fought against discrimination
He rose to international prominence in July 2000 when he delivered his self-written address, televised worldwide, to 10 000 delegates at the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban.