The African American Presence in the Accounting Profession: Past, Present, and Future (AAPA)

12:00 pm–1:40 pm ET

# of CPE Credits



This course focuses on the historical perspective of African Americans in the accounting profession starting from 1921 to current day. The course will cover the historic and systemic barriers to entry, the accounting profession’s response, and current approaches to diversity in the profession. In addition, the course will highlight selected individuals that were instrumental in advancing African Americans in the profession.


* Understand the historic and systemic barriers to entry into the accounting profession and the persistence and resilience required to overcome them * Recognize the accounting profession’s evolving response to diversity * Identify key individuals in the movement to advance African Americans in the profession * Identify current practices to promote diversity in the accounting profession


* Timeline of the African American Presence in Accounting * Barriers to Entry: Board of Accountancy Policies, Inability to Gain Professional Experience, Wealth Accumulation and Black Economic Empowerment * The Accounting Profession’s Response: Journal of Accountancy Editorial Response to Bert Mitchell Study, AICPA Minority Initiatives Committee – Evolution and Activities, National Association of Black Accountants * Current State of Diversity in the Profession: 2019 AICPA Trends Report, AICPA Commission on Diversity, and State Society Initiatives

Who Should Attend

CPAs and other accounting professionals and accounting educators interested in learning about the historical perspective of African Americans in the accounting profession

Required Knowledge


Advanced Prep


Event Speaker(s)

Ms. Kecia Williams Smith, Ph.D CPA ( North Carolina A&T State University-College of Business & Economics, Greensboro, NC ),

Additional Event Information

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Event Vendor:Surgent McCoy CPE, LLC
Field of Study:Accounting
Level: Update
Other:New Course

Event Type:Webcast
NASBA Instructional Method:Group Internet Based
Event Code:W0067821

Registration Fees

RegistrationEarly BirdRegular
NCACPA MemberN/A$80.00
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