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  • July 31, 2020 6:50 PM | Anonymous

    Bloomberg Tax Talking Tax podcast interviewed our Chair, Shannon Nash, CPA, Esq. recently discussing the extremely low number of Black CPAs in the profession.  

    Less than 1% of all CPAs are Black CPAs. The National Society of Black CPAs is working to change that drastically. 

    Any CPA or CPA Candidate that is interested in helping us with this cause please join us.  

    You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.  

  • July 29, 2020 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    In 1937, Paul G. Stewart was the 2nd licensed Black CPA in the State of Illinois, which makes him the 6th Black CPA.

    Mr. Stewart was the organizer of Chicago’s Peoples Consumer Co-Operative in 1937. Paul G. Stewart died shortly after becoming a CPA. The Paul G. Stewart Twin Towers a 550-apartment housing complex for senior citizens was built and named in his honor.

    The National Society of Black CPAs stands on the backs of greatness. We will continue honoring our the ones that paved the way as without them we would not exist and we are grateful.

    Join us in making a difference in our profession.

  • July 18, 2020 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    The National Society of Black CPAs was founded to provide resources to and advocacy for Black CPAs. NSBCPA promotes diversity and inclusion in the accounting profession.

    Gleim is partnering with NSBCPA to provide new candidate-level members with 6 months of free access to a Gleim Premium CPA Review section.

    “The accounting profession needs to do more to encourage and assist minority involvement and inclusion. Everyone deserves a place at the table, and only through diversity can the profession reach its true potential.”

    Dr. Irvin Gleim, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFM

    Become a member of NSBCPA today to access your complimentary Gleim CPA Review materials.  

    If you are already a member, please share this wonderful information with your network to help us increase the number of Black CPAs.

  • July 17, 2020 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    The National Society of Black CPAs was featured in Accounting Today as a new organization focused on increasing the number of Black CPAs in the United States.  

    You can view the article here on Accounting Today.  

    We are excited to be included in the article and has been great in helping us get noticed in the profession.  

    We plan to do more articles like this to help build awareness of the new organization.  

    If you have not already, become a member today! 

  • July 14, 2020 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    No one could have imagined that in 1922 the fifth Black Certified Public Accountant would hail from NYU, one of the two top business schools, but as many of the first Black CPAs General Wilmer F. Lucas, CPA was above average!

    In 1929, Mr. Lucas became the first African American Certified Public Accountant in New York. The State of New York required experience of working under a CPA. Mr. Lucas gained experience by working for Daniel Levy & Company, a Jewish firm. In 1938, Wilmer F. Lucas, CPA, and Alfred Tucker, CPA, formed Lucas, Tucker & Co. Their accounting firm provided the required experience for more than 25 percent of all the Black CPAs who have obtained their licenses in New York.

    During his impressive career as a CPA, General Lucas served with distinction in World War II, earning the Legion of Merit.

    Opportunity, Journal of Negro Life published in April 1932 by the National Urban League, included the article “Educating the Negro for Business – An Investment Loss” authored by Mr. Lucas; he states, “The Negro trained for business has already been deprived...”.

    The National Society of Black CPAs’ members embrace our past and present challenges; hence we have banned together to address them as a society, one Black CPA at a time!

    Join Us!

  • July 07, 2020 8:21 AM | Anonymous

    Jesse B. Blayton, Sr, CPA graduated from Langston University and served in the US Army in World War I. Mr. Blayton passed the Georgia accounting examination in 1928, becoming the state's first black Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and only the fourth African American nationwide to hold the certification. 

    Mr. Blayton taught accounting at Atlanta University, where he encouraged younger blacks to enter the profession and authored the accounting text "Essentials of Accounting" in 1944. Because Mr. Blayton invited so many to join the accounting profession, he became known as the "Dean of Negro Accountants."

    In 1925, Mr. Blayton, along with 14 other black investors, put in $100 to form Mutual Federal Savings Loan Association. In 1928 Mr. Blayton and two other businessmen reorganized Citizens Trust Bank, which became the first Black bank to join the Federal Reserve. As noted in his letter to Dr. W.E.B DuBois and the letter from Hugh H. Smythe, Mr. Blayton's banks were the source for Black people funding and promoted Black Generational Wealth.

    Citizen Trust Bank financed many black homes and businesses, including the Atlanta World Newspaper and the city's first night club "Top Hat," in which BLMIYA Corporation (BLayton, MIlton, YAtes) was the owners.

    In 1949 Blayton made history when he bought the 1,000-watt Atlanta radio station WERD, the first Black-owned radio station. WERD's programming included jazz and gospel music, public service programs, educational shows, church services, radio plays, and community news.

    Blayton and his radio station publicized the civil rights movement by acting as an outlet for information about the campaign and speeches by prominent civil rights leaders. These leaders included Martin Luther King Jr.; whose Southern Christian Leadership Conference shared the same building as WERD.  Dr. King often visited the studio to announce the activities of his organization. This relationship led to Mr. Blayton becoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. certified public accountant, and he was a witness in court cases brought against Dr. King's financial affairs, in which Dr. King always prevailed.

    In 1995 Mr. Jesse B. Blayton, CPA was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

    The National Society of Black Certified Public Accountants, Inc. was formed to increase the number of Black CPAs a mission that goes back as far as 1928.

    Join us in this valuable mission.

  • July 02, 2020 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    Imagine sitting in a room of 49 white men and you are a black man that is trying to fulfill your dream to become a Certified Public Accountant.

    Chauncey Lewis Christian, CPA

    In 1926 Black people were not allowed to take the Kentucky CPA Exam. Samuel Plato, Mr. Christian’s employer, encouraged him to study for the CPA exam through a correspondence course, as he was fair-skinned enough to pass as a white man. In an interview with Mr. Christian, he stated that even though his father was a white man he was advised to submit his application as late as possible to preclude the background check which would have resulted in his exclusion due to race, as his mother was black and he had attended segregated schools.

    Seven men passed the CPA exam that day and Chauncey Lewis was one of the seven, becoming the 3rd Black CPA in the U.S and the 1st Black CPA in the state of Kentucky.

    Mr. Christian moved his family to New York and worked at the Gale Agency a supplier of talents such as Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots. In 1958, the Gale Agency became the Circle Artist Corporation. Mr. Christian became part owner and secretary-treasurer making him the only partner in a prominent Broadway talent agency.

    Join NSBCPA we have a history that we must continue!

  • June 29, 2020 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    Who is this gentleman? I am glad you asked.

    This is a photo of Arthur J. Wilson. Mr. Wilson was the 2nd Black Certified Public Accountant. He was licensed in 1923 in the State of Illinois before the state required an apprenticeship to become a CPA. Arthur J. Wilson, CPA provided experience to others and by 1945 half of the Black CPAs in the country worked in Chicago.

    The National Society of Black CPAs mission is to build off of the Black CPAs that paid the price for our existence and wanted to ensure that number of Black CPAs would be greater than today’s less than 1% of the CPA profession.

    Become a member and help us increase the number of Black CPAs.

  • June 26, 2020 5:34 AM | Anonymous

    John W. Cromwell Jr., the first Black Certified Public Accountant, graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and earned a master’s degree but chose to teach high school math because of limited practice opportunities. 

    Early on it was difficult to get a CPA license due to the inability to get the experience requirement.  Then New Hampshire passed a law that allowed people to obtain a CPA license without the experience requirement.  With that change he passed the CPA exam and was initially licensed in 1921 in New Hampshire. 

    After being certified, Mr. Cromwell continued to teach math but also practiced in his own CPA firm in the Washington DC area.  He worked mostly with the black community providing service to churches, funeral homes, restaurants and lawyers.   

    The National Society of Black CPAs honors the Black CPAs that paved the way for us.

    Become a member today.

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