The cover of The Echo from Dealey Plaza
Abraham Bolden got his start as an Illinois State trooper. A few years later, he joined the United States Secret Service. Then in 1961, a chance meeting with President John F. Kennedy changed his life forever.
In his new memoir, The Echo from Dealey Plaza, he chronicles his experiences as the nation's first African-American Secret Service agent; on-the-job discrimination; and a conviction on bribery charges.
He talks to Farai Chideya about his new book, his life, and what he considers to be evidence suppression in the case of Kennedy's assassination.