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:

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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:

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