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Does African history start at enslavement?

Can some of the challenges that are faced in the African-American community be a result of a limited or lack of African centered history in American schools and the home?  If African-American people understood that their rich history was not only about overcoming human rights atrocities here in the United States, but also included a lineage of ancestors who created civilizations that contributed to modern society, would that improve a sense of self worth? Like there are portions of Western history taught in the classrooms in the United States, so should there be portions of Native American, African, Hispanic, Asian and all other cultures that contributed to the creation of the United States.