U.S. Rep. Tim Scott smiles during a press conference announcing him as Jim DeMint's replacement in the U.S. Senate at the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Scott, as Sen. Jim DeMint's replacement, making him the only black Republican in Congress and the South's first black Republican senator since Reconstruction. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott smiles during a press conference announcing him as Jim DeMint's replacement in the U.S. Senate at the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Scott, as Sen. Jim DeMint's replacement, making him the only black Republican in Congress and the South's first black Republican senator since Reconstruction. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

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Sen. Tim Scott is part of a very small community of African-Americans who have served in the U.S. Senate, but that doesn’t mean these figures haven’t had an impact.

In honor of Black History Month, the South Carolina Republican is convening a panel — to which all living black senators of the past and present have been invited.

Former Democratic senators Mo Cowan, Roland Burris and Carol Mosely Braun have agreed to attend and African-American Senate chaplain Barry Black is scheduled to moderate.

President Barack Obama (who represented Illinois in the Senate from 2005 to 2008), sitting senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 94-year-old Massachusetts Republican Ed Brooke were also invited but don’t appear to be attending.

Reconstruction-era senators Hiram Rhodes Revels and Blanche Bruce (both Republicans from Mississippi) are both to be honored, according to Scott’s office.

The event, “Honoring Our Past and Celebrating Our Future: Discussing Personal Journeys and a Nation’s Progress with America’s Black Senators,” will take place Feb. 25

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