Early Black-Owned CPA Firms Pushed For Diversity Before Pushing For Diversity Was Cool

Firms established by pioneering Black CPAs decades ago created an indelible legacy within the accounting profession. Built by Black CPAs who succeeded despite adversity, the firms continue to play an important role in the profession’s recruitment and advancement initiatives, and with the clients they serve. Here are a few examples. Guiding others along the journey Benjamin King Sr. became Maryland’s first Black CPA—and the nation’s 48th—in 1957. In trying to earn his CPA credential, he was unable to get hired even when he offered to work for free, despite his…

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