With just one week to go before the US midterm elections, Roland Burris, the Senate's only African-American member is preparing to leave his post.
No black representative is expected to replace him.
His leaving has raised the question of how a nation in which blacks make up 13 per cent of the population can have none in its upper legislative chamber?
Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports from Chicago.
Source: Al Jazeera