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This Month we will take a look at History of our people and how far we come and the History that they do not want you to know about.
In 1961, Abraham Bolden became the first African American member of the Secret Service's Presidential Protective Division after being appointed by President John F. Kennedy. According to Bolden, this happened after he met Kennedy on April 28, 1961 while working an event at the McCormick Place in Chicago, and that Kennedy there personally invited him to join the White House detail as the first African-American assigned to protect the President. Bolden said that at one time Kennedy introduced him to others as "the Jackie Robinson of the Secret Service", a comment Bolden found so touching he almost broke into tears. However, the racism and heavy drinking Bolden experienced at the White House Secret Service were such that after Bolden's complaints he was transferred back to Chicago after about three months, to return to work on counterfeiting cases.
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