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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.

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Joycelyn Elders - Post-Governmental Activities
... 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 ... we consume far more dangerous drugs that are legal cigarette smoking, nicotine and alcohol," said Joycelyn Elders, the former surgeon general and a supporter of the ...

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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.
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933)

    [In response to this question from an interviewer: “U. S. News and World Report described you this way: ‘She’s intolerant, preachy, judgmental and overbearing. She’s bright, articulate, passionate and kind.’ Is that an accurate description?”:]
    It’s ... pretty good [ellipsis in original].
    —Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933)