Francis Cecil Sumner: The Father Of Black Psychology

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Francis Cecil Sumner: The Father of Black Psychology Francis Cecil Sumner helped to pave the way for me to be able to major in child psychology. I chose to write about Francis Cecil Sumner because of the renowned work he did and the social and cultural contributions he made to psychology. He worked tremendously hard to succeed in the field of psychology, and it is even more admiring that he did this in a time when the United States was overall callous, uncaring, and hostile towards minorities. Sumner became the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in psychology, he overcame racial and discriminatory adversities, and he made lasting contributions to the field of psychology.

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in psychology, he was successful despite the racial and discriminatory adversities, and he made lasting contributions to the field of psychology., it was extremely difficult to find information on Francis Cecil Sumner. Although I did not find the amount of accredited information that I hoped to find on him, the information that I did find showed me who Francis Cecil Sumner really was. Sumner was born only 50 years after the abolishment of slavery. He went to college at age 15 and from there, he soared. Studying under G. Stanley Hall, the first American to receive a Ph.D. in psychology, Sumner became the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in psychology. Fighting racism and discrimination throughout his life and his career, Sumner made lasting contributions to the field of psychology, whether it was through teaching psychology to students or through his articles calling for education reform. Being the first African American in American to earn a doctoral degree in psychology is a big accomplishment, one that Sumner did not take for granted. He used his degree to teach others and to help others and he paved the way for me and every other African American studying psychology

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