“You only had two types of characters available for children... stupid angry brute and the he’s-smart-but-he’s-black characters." - #McDuffie
McDuffie - critical and honest about his experiences, directed his focus on action, curating depth and authenticity and it produced results.
Perhaps the most well known character - Virgil Hawkins aka Static Shock was one of the most relatable teenage characters. McDuffie and team intermingled authenticity and history - Virgil Hawkins, named after a real-life, notable, unfortunately lesser-known black man who shares his namesake.
The real-life Virgil Hawkins historical relevance is, after fighting for admission in law school at the University of Florida, Hawkins' actions ultimately led to the desegregation of Florida’s public university system.