Joycelyn Elders

Joycelyn Elders

Minnie Joycelyn Elders (born Minnie Lee Jones on August 13, 1933) is an American pediatrician and public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the first African American appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. Elders is best known for her frank discussion of her views on controversial issues such as drug legalization and distributing contraception in schools. She was fired mid-term in December 1994 amidst controversy.

Read more about Joycelyn EldersEarly Life and Education, Career and Tenure As U.S. Surgeon General, Post-Governmental Activities

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... Elders wrote a book in an attempt to present her side of the controversies that surrounded her during her 18-month tenure as surgeon general ... drugs that are legal cigarette smoking, nicotine and alcohol," said Joycelyn Elders, the former surgeon general and a supporter of the measure ...

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    You can’t be what you don’t see. I didn’t think about being a doctor. I didn’t even think about being a clerk in a store—I’d never seen a black clerk in a clothing store.
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    We really need to get over this love affair with the fetus and start worrying about children.
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    ... given a choice between hearing my daughter say ‘I’m pregnant’ or ‘I used a condom,’ most mothers would get up in the middle of the night and buy them herself.
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    Judge Thomas was a man who had used the system to get where he wanted to be, but then felt that everyone else should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.
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    ... black women have always found that in the social order of things we’re the least likely to be believed—by anyone.
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