Joycelyn Elders

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Date of Birth August 13, 1933
Place of Birth Arkansas
Age 87 years old
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Minnie Joycelyn Elders is an American pediatrician and public health administrator who served as Surgeon General of the United States from 1993 to 1994. A vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, she was the second woman, second person of color, and first African American to serve as Surgeon General. Elders is best known for her frank discussion of her views on controversial issues such as drug legalization, masturbation, and distributing contraception in schools. She was forced to resign in December 1994 amidst controversy as a result of her views. She is currently a professor emerita of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Born: Minnie Lee Jones, August 13, 1933, Schaal, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party: Democratic
President: Bill Clinton
Preceded by: Robert A. Whitney (acting)
Succeeded by: Audrey F. Manley (acting)

About Joycelyn Elders

Former Surgeon General of the United States from 1993 to 1994 who became known for her controversial views on issues like drug legalization and contraception.

Before Fame

She worked as a nurse's aide in a veterans hospital in Milwaukee.

Achievement

She became the first African American ever to be named Surgeon General in 1993.

Family Life

She grew up as the eldest of eight children.

Associations

She was named Surgeon General by former President Bill Clinton.

Information related to Joycelyn Elders

  • United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps admirals
  • Women in Arkansas politics
  • Philander Smith College alumni
  • Surgeons General of the United States
  • African-American female military personnel
  • University of Arkansas faculty
  • American endocrinologists
  • Delta Sigma Theta members
  • American cannabis activists
  • Women in the United States Army
  • African-American scientists
  • American pediatricians
  • University of Arkansas alumni
  • Arkansas Democrats
  • American women physicians
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