In 1993, Dr. Joycelyn Elders was the 15th Surgeon General of the United States – the first African American and the second woman to be in charge of the US Public Health Service. As a pioneering advocate for sex education and addiction treatment, many of Dr. Elders’ views were so controversial at the time that she was forced to resign as Surgeon General by 1994 – even though today, most of those same “controversial” views are now accepted as facts by the medical community. Currently she is a professor emerita at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Elders is a trained pediatrician, biochemist, and a Vice Admiral.
Dr. Joycelyn Elders was born Minnie Lee Jones on August 13, 1933, in Schaal, Arkansas.
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