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Larzette Hale-Wilson

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Accountant
Association Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
Cake (Strawberry Shortcake)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1920
Birth Location:
Idabel, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Accountant
Association Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
Cake (Strawberry Shortcake)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1920
Birth Location:
Idabel
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Biography

The 17th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. Larzette Golden Hale-Wilson was born in Idabel, Oklahoma, to Thomas and Mary Golden. Under Hale-Wilson’s leadership, the AKA Sorority underlined the accomplishments of contemporary African American women through the founding of its Heritage Series. She is also the first black female Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the United States to also hold a Ph.D. in accounting.

Hale-Wilson was initiated into the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Langston University in 1937. She went on to graduate summa cum laude with her B.S. degree in business administration and secondary education in 1937. Hale-Wilson then married her college sweetheart, Dr. Henry William Hale in 1940. After completing her undergraduate studies, Hale-Wilson worked as a secretary to the business manager at her alma mater. She later enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her M.A. degree in accounting and finance in 1943. In 1951, Hale-Wilson passed the Certified Public Accountant Examination, and in 1955, she earned her Ph.D. in accounting. She established her own CPA office in Atlanta that same year .

In 1958, Hale-Wilson was elected to the office of International Treasurer at the Golden Anniversary Boulé and used her professional skills to initiate the AKA Sorority’s coordinated central accounting system. She went on to serve as the Basileus-Elect in 1964, and in 1966, she was elected as the 17th International President of the Sorority. In 1968, Hale-Wilson began the Heritage Series and produced more than five thousand copies of booklets on the accomplishments of contemporary African American women.

In 1971, Hale-Wilson and her family moved to Utah, and she was hired as a professor of accounting at Utah State University. She went on to write several articles in various business education journals including The Balance Sheet and the Journal of Business. In 1974, Hale-Wilson was appointed by the governor of Utah to the State’s Committee on Cultural Awareness and later she served as chair of the supervisory committee of the Utah State University Credit Union.

Larzette Hale-Wilson passed away on February 5, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Larzette Hale-Wilson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Larzette Hale-Wilson describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Larzette Hale-Wilson remembers the Industrial Institute for the Deaf, Blind and Orphans of the Colored Race
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Larzette Hale-Wilson recalls becoming First Lady of Langston University
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Larzette Hale-Wilson explains why she ran for Alpha Kappa Alpha supreme basileus
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Larzette Hale-Wilson recalls starting an Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter at Langston University
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Larzette Hale-Wilson remembers becoming the supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Larzette Hale-Wilson recalls her initiatives with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Larzette Hale-Wilson describes her leadership style
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Larzette Hale-Wilson talks about the problem of hazing in sororities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Larzette Hale-Wilson describes her proudest accomplishments with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Larzette Hale-Wilson recalls what she learned from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Larzette Hale-Wilson describes her vision of sisterhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Larzette Hale-Wilson remembers friends from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Larzette Hale-Wilson reflects upon her tenure as supreme basileus
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Larzette Hale-Wilson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Larzette Hale-Wilson shares advice for future Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. leaders
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Larzette Hale-Wilson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Larzette Hale-Wilson recalls rewarding experiences as supreme basileus
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Larzette Hale-Wilson talks about The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Larzette Hale-Wilson describes how she would like to be remembered