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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: under 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 strategy, she expands our figuring out 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 suggestions that enabled a few blacks to develop into CPAs. sooner than the Nineteen Sixties, few white-owned accounting enterprises hired African american citizens. in basic terms via national networks tested through 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 sector, and black schools spoke back by way of increasing their courses in enterprise and accounting. within the Eighties, even though, the backlash opposed to affirmative motion heralded the decline of African American participation in accountancy and lead the way for the mind-blowing loss of range that characterizes the sphere today.

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