The Father of Black Psychology Dr. Francis Sumner Was a Member of Kappa Alpha Psi

Did you know that the first African American man to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi? Francis Sumner pledged the Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Francis Cecil Sumner was an African American leader in education reform. In 1920 he became the first Black man to receive a Ph.D. in psychology. He was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and never received a formal post-primary education. He had to take a test to be admitted into Lincoln College. Lincoln College is now Lincoln University and was the first school dedicated to African Americans in the US.

Sumner was a member of the American Psychological Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Educational Research Association, Eastern Psychological Association, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and the District of Columbia Psychological Association.

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