Lucy Sumner was born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa. After graduating from the Harford Secondary School for Girls, she came to the United States to study at Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She subsequently earned a Master of Music Education degree from Howard University and a Master of Social Sciences from Long Island University.
During her years at Lebanon Valley College, Lucy came across the lyrics of The Magic Penny in her music methods class, and they have since served as inspiration for her. Over the years, she has taught the song to her general music classes. When her native country erupted into civil war, she was again inspired by those lyrics to found The Magic Penny, Inc.
Mrs. Sumner is currently President of the Harford Alumnae Association- New York/New Jersey Chapter, Chairman of the Caulker Descendants’ Foundation, Inc., member of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Retired United Teachers of Harborfields (RUTH), and Founder, and President of the Magic Penny, Inc.