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  • 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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