African Americans are a very significant race in our society, period. African Americans should definitely be recognized for during the time period of the 1960s during the civil rights movement. African Americans were honorably conducting civilized and peaceful protest to signify that they shall be equitable to the human race just as much as whites were as well (WHICH WILL NEVER AND SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN) . African Americans play an ideal role in the influence in today's society. I mean just think the civil rights movement influenced the mind set of humans today. The civil rights movement was a flourishing mission in the United States to abolish segregation,persecution, and discrimination. If the civil rights movement did not occur our nation would be exemplifying communist ideological actions due to the separation of individuals due to the contingency of ones race, sexual orientation, gender, values, military status, religion, etc. Although the African American race positively impacted this societies values of the meaning of the word "equal" today we must be recognizing Americans patriotic accomplishments broadly. Which would definitely be more appropriate. For instance, we should not be necessarily be stating the appreciative recognition of the confederates during the civil war because they eventually surrendered to the union to declare the liquification of slavery in the United States. NO! We should be recognizing how both the Union and the Confederates came together as Americans to solve the problem and identify the solution that influenced our society today! To reiterate, America is home to some of the most scattered races and ethics groups out there that can all be recognized but America is America and especially as a democracy to recognize accomplishments as a nation together as ALL OF US ARE AMERICANS! "Won't it be wonderful when black history and Native American and Jewish history and all U.S history was taught from one book. Just U.S history"- Maya Angelou "We must never forget that black history is American history. It is the achievements of African Americans that have contributed to our nations greatness"- Yvette Clark. Source for more American history quotes:http://mobile.brainyquote.com/search_results.html?q=American+history, thank you for your time.