As February marks Black History Month, the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) celebrated the occasion by recognizing various African-American pioneers in the CPA profession on their website.

Profiles range from John W. Cromwell, Jr., the very first Black CPA, to the "NABA Nine," the founding members of the Association who came together back in 1969 to give minorities a voice in the profession.

"Black History Month is an important opportunity for us to celebrate the important contributions and achievements of blacks throughout our history, including black people that have been trailblazing in the field of accounting," writes Jina Etienne, NABA president/CEO, and Steven Harris, chairman of the board. "Now, more than ever, we must raise our voices to celebrate - and, where necessary, insist - that society continue to recognize black leaders, businesses, artists, educators, culture and tradition...But it's more than sharing stories to remind us of how far we have come. It is also an opportunity to deepen our commitment to educate, engage and empower."


For more on NABA's profiles - including an interview with Ruth Coles Harris, the first Black female CPA in Virginia - head to the Association's site here.

Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe is a senior editor with Accounting Today.