Black CPA Centennial



Video Interviews

The following living history videos bring to life and preserve the inspiring stories of success against the odds of some of the most prominent and trailblazing Black accountants.

Johnnie L. Clark, CPA, MBA, Ph.D.

Lester H. McKeever, Jr., CPA, JD



Ruth Coles Harris, CPA, Ph.D.

Bert N. Mitchell, CPA

David A. Kelly, CPA, JD

Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA, CGMA


The HistoryMakers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational institution committed to preserving and making widely
accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans. Below please find links to
six of the first 100 Black CPAs who have been featured by The HistoryMakers (the number before each
person's name, corresponds to the order they appeared on the first 100 Black CPA list). 

#29 - Frederick C. Ford, CPA

#100 - Bert Mitchell, CPA

#28 - Larzette Hale-Wilson, CPA

#91 - The Honorable Wayman Smith, CPA

#61 - Lester H McKeever, Jr., CPA

#98 - John E. Wilson, CPA

Lester McKeever, CPA, was presented the AICPA Gold Medal Award of Distinction. McKeever has served as Chicago's chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, chair of United Way, chair of the Urban league and board treasurer of the University of Illinois.

William Collins, CPA,  addressed the Council of the California Society of CPAs on Nov 2, 2011. At age 92, he was the oldest African American CPA in the nation, and had quite a few stories to tell about his path to success.


NSBCPA launches #MyCPAIsBlack campaign leveraging social media to share daily images, videos, and articles to increase visibility of Black CPAs and inspire others to pursue this path

If you have additional videos to share, please email 
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