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By Theresa A. Hammond

one of the significant professions, qualified public accountancy has the main critical underrepresentation of African americans: under 1 percentage of CPAs are black. Theresa Hammond explores the heritage 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 technique, she expands our figuring out of the hyperlinks among race, schooling, and economics.

Drawing on interviews with pioneering black CPAs, between different resources, 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 american citizens attempting to input the sphere confronted, and the thoughts that enabled a few blacks to turn into CPAs. ahead of the Nineteen Sixties, few white-owned accounting enterprises hired African american citizens. basically via national networks proven by way of the 1st black CPAs did extra African americans achieve the considered necessary expert event. The civil rights period observed a few growth in integrating the sphere, and black schools spoke back via increasing their courses in company and accounting. within the Nineteen Eighties, notwithstanding, the backlash opposed to affirmative motion heralded the decline of African American participation in accountancy and lead the way for the extraordinary loss of range that characterizes the sphere today.

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