By Theresa A. Hammond

one of the significant professions, qualified public accountancy has the main critical underrepresentation of African americans: lower than 1 percentage of CPAs are black. Theresa Hammond explores the background in the back of this statistic and chronicles the braveness and resolution of African american citizens who sought to go into the sector. within the procedure, she expands our realizing of the hyperlinks among race, schooling, and economics.

Drawing on interviews with pioneering black CPAs, between different assets, Hammond units the tales of black CPAs opposed to the backdrop of the increase of accountancy as a career, the actual demanding situations that African americans attempting to input the sector confronted, and the thoughts that enabled a few blacks to turn into CPAs. ahead of the Sixties, few white-owned accounting companies hired African american citizens. basically via national networks validated by way of the 1st black CPAs did extra African american citizens achieve the needful specialist adventure. The civil rights period observed a few development in integrating the sphere, and black faculties replied by way of increasing their courses in company and accounting. within the Eighties, notwithstanding, the backlash opposed to affirmative motion heralded the decline of African American participation in accountancy and prepared the ground for the stunning loss of range that characterizes the sector today.

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