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History

In December 1969, nine African-Americans met in New York City to discuss the unique challenges and limited opportunities they faced in the accounting profession. In that year, there were only 136 African-American Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) out of a total of 100,000 in the United States. This group wanted to establish an organization to address the concerns of minorities entering the accounting profession and to make a commitment to professional and academic excellence.

The Founding “NABA Nine”

The following nine individuals who met that month were determined to "make a difference" and let their voices be heard:

  • Ronald Benjamin
  • Earl Biggett
  • Donald Bristow *
  • Bertram Gibson
  • Kenneth Drummond
  • Richard McNamee
  • Frank Ross
  • George Wallace
  • Michael Winston

* deceased

The Mission

The mission of NABA, Inc. is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors. The Association shall unite through membership accountants, finance and business related professionals and students who have similar interests and ideals, are committed to professional and academic excellence, possess a sense of professional and civic responsibility, and are concerned with enhancing opportunities for minorities in the accounting, finance and business related professions. The goals of the Association include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To promote and develop the professional skills of our members.
  • To encourage and assist minority students entering the accounting profession.
  • To provide opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibilities.
  • To promote public confidence in our members and the services they provide.
  • To encourage cordial relations among members and cooperative relationships with other professionals.
  • To represent the interests of current and prospective minority accounting professionals.
  • To ensure long-term financial stability and provide adequate resources to implement chapter, regional, and national programs.

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