How black senators are outnumbered, in 1 chart

February 27

With President Obama kicking off a program for aiding young men of color, PostTV asked some of the few black lawmakers to have served in the Senate about how they'd inspire young African Americans. Only nine African Americans have made it to the upper chamber — a fact we put into context with a startling graphic in this video:

Three of the nine black lawmakers to serve in the Senate discuss how to inspire younger African Americans to run for office. (Pamela Kirkland and Theresa Poulson/The Washington Post)

Former senator Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) remains the only black woman to have served in the Senate. Here's what she had to say about why it's so difficult for female minorities to crack the glass ceiling:

Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.), the only black woman to have been elected to the Senate, tells PostTV about the challenges black women face while running for office. (Theresa Poulson/The Washington Post)
Pamela Kirkland is a video producer for PostTV.
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