In the midst of making my decision to pursue the undertaking of Noir CPA, I came across a book that I knew would be imperative for me to read. A White-Collar Profession: African American Certified Public Accountants since 1921 penned by Theresa A. Hammond is a book I think every African American in the accounting profession should have on their bookshelves.
SynopsisAmong the major professions, certified public accountancy has the most severe underrepresentation of African Americans: less than 1 percent of CPAs are black. Theresa Hammond explores the history behind this statistic and chronicles the courage and determination of African Americans who sought to enter the field. In the process, she expands our understanding of the links between race, education, and economics.
Drawing on interviews with pioneering black CPAs, among other sources, Hammond sets the stories of black CPAs against the backdrop of the rise of accountancy as a profession, the particular challenges that African Americans trying to enter the field faced, and the strategies that enabled some blacks to become CPAs. Prior to the 1960s, few white-owned accounting firms employed African Americans. Only through nationwide networks established by the first black CPAs did more African Americans gain the requisite professional experience. The civil rights era saw some progress in integrating the field, and black colleges responded by expanding their programs in business and accounting. In the 1980s, however, the backlash against affirmative action heralded the decline of African American participation in accountancy and paved the way for the astonishing lack of diversity that characterizes the field today. (via Amazon)
If that doesn't spark your interest in grabbing a copy of the book, here's a review from Amazon which might be the tipping point for you:
Hammond chronicles the stories of the remarkable individuals who blazed the trail for African-Americans in the accounting profession. Or I should say, began blazing the trail, because as Hammond points out it is still by far the most segregated profession. When most people hear "accounting" they think of something very dry and technical. But this book is far from that. You learn about the profession and how institutional racism operates, but always as a context for the amazing stories, struggles, and personalities that Hammond conveys. She obviously spent many hours interviewing these pioneers and she tells their stories with academic rigor, but also with compassion, respect, and a sense of humor. - Daniel M. MontWell alrighty then...I don't know about you, but I'm sold! I've had the book for a couple of months now and I can't wait to delve into it. Afterwards I'll be sure to post a review. You know what would be pretty cool though? If you guys also got your hands on a copy and read it too! Don't you think so? *nods head up and down*
Oh! I almost forgot. So the book I purchased is a used copy from Amazon, but check out what's in the front cover:
Now, I'm no expert on signatures, but that right there folks looks like it was written by none other than Theresa Hammond herself. You mean to tell me I inadvertently received a signed copy of the book?! Dopeness indeed. It's funny how the stars sometimes align.
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