On this day in 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels was sworn in to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in Congress.

138 years later, only four other African Americans have served in the US Senate- the most recent being Barack Obama. It seems like we should have a made a little more progress in this time, no?

Well- hopefully this year we can make up some ground.

Hopefully, by this time next year, we’ll have our first black president.