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.
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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 ... smoking, nicotine and alcohol," said Joycelyn Elders, the former surgeon general and a supporter of the measure ...