A White-Collar Profession: African American Certified Public by Theresa A. Hammond

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 at the back of this statistic and chronicles the braveness and backbone of African americans who sought to go into the sector. within the approach, 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 techniques that enabled a few blacks to turn into CPAs. ahead of the Nineteen Sixties, few white-owned accounting enterprises hired African american citizens. merely via national networks demonstrated through the 1st black CPAs did extra African americans achieve the needful expert adventure. The civil rights period observed a few growth in integrating the sphere, and black schools spoke back by way of increasing their courses in company and accounting. within the Nineteen Eighties, even if, the backlash opposed to affirmative motion heralded the decline of African American participation in accountancy and cleared the path for the dazzling loss of range that characterizes the sector today.

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