African-Americans have served the FBI as special agents since at least 1919. One of the earliest was Special Agent James E. Amos, a former bodyguard of President Theodore Roosevelt who served the Bureau from 1921 to 1953. Working in our New York office, Amos participated in some major cases, including helping to bring to justice the Louis “Lepke” Buchalter gang, a notorious band of professional hit-men known as “Murder, Inc.,” and helping to dismantle the Duquesne Nazi spy ring during World War II. For more details, see http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2005/february/amos022805.