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By Theresa A. Hammond

one of the significant professions, qualified public accountancy has the main critical underrepresentation of African american citizens: lower than 1 percentage of CPAs are black. Theresa Hammond explores the historical past 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 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 sphere confronted, and the innovations that enabled a few blacks to develop into CPAs. sooner than the Sixties, few white-owned accounting corporations hired African american citizens. basically via national networks proven via the 1st black CPAs did extra African american citizens achieve the considered necessary expert adventure. The civil rights period observed a few development in integrating the sphere, and black schools replied by means of increasing their courses in enterprise and accounting. within the Eighties, in spite of the fact that, the backlash opposed to affirmative motion heralded the decline of African American participation in accountancy and cleared the path for the outstanding loss of range that characterizes the sphere today.

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