Black Lightning kicked off its final season last week and the Cress Williams-starring CW series remains one of the best superhero shows on the air right now. We don’t know about you, but we missed Jefferson and his family of heroes and are excited to see them get back to the business of fighting for the people of Freeland.
However, we want to clear up a common misconception about both Black Lightning and Black history in the DC Universe (it IS Black History Month, after all). It’s often said that Black Lightning was DC’s first Black superhero, but this, however, is only half-true. While Black Lightning was the first Black DC superhero to headline his own comic book title, quite a number of Black heroes have preceded him in DC history. To be fair, that number is not as many as it should be and often includes supporting roles to a white hero or majority-white team.
But these early positive examples of heroism still stand as DC’s first overtures towards a more diverse universe, one in which everyone can see themselves as a hero.