Not black history; America's history

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Bill Petty's father fought for voting rights in North Carolina the 30s, and Petty fought to buy a house in Woodland after fighting in World War II.

For Petty, black history is an integral part of his life, and he's lived to tell about some of it.

"It's not Black History Month; it's American history that was left out of the history books," Petty likes to say....

Petty helped write Yolo County's Affirmative Action Plan when the Conciolo brought a discrimination complaint against the county for not hiring enough Latino

Petty's father also fought for equality, he filed a discrimination case in North Carolina when he was refused voting rights in 1936, and won the case.

These and many other stories of great accomplishments by blacks and other minorities are why Petty believes the Black History Month is important.

"Our black children don't know a darn thing about the accomplishments that the black race has made," Petty said.

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