Francis Sumner

by Emma Salzwedel

Birth & Death

  • Born in Arkansas on December 7th, 1895
  • Died in Washington D.C. on January 12, 1954


  • Went to Clark University and Lincoln University
  • Fought in World War l
  • Is often called the "Father of Black Psychology"


Francis Cecil Sumner was the first black man to get a PhD degree in psychology in 1920


  • Had a younger brother named Eugene Sumner
  • His parents were David Alexander and Ellen Sumner
  • Married to Fancees Hughston then to Nettie Brooker
  • Never had children