Albert Sidney Beckham (1897 - 1964)

  • Beckham attended Lincoln University in Washington DC, Ohio State University, and New York University.
  • He specialised in educational and war psychology, being the first Black person to hold the title of ‘School Psychologist’.
  • Beckham taught on all the psychology courses at Howard University, Washington DC, and founded the first psychology laboratory there.
  • In his later years, he taught as a Professor of War Psychology at Wilberforce University, Ohio.
  • Beckham is remembered as one of the first psychologists to research black intelligence: he showed that black children's IQ was consistent with national averages.

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Author: Ellie Glover (2021) LJMU Student

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