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 Elders:  Early Life and Education, Career and Tenure As U.S. Surgeon General, Post-Governmental Activities

Famous quotes by joycelyn elders:

    ... 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.
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933)

    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.
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933)

    Once I had a professor say to me, ‘You know you have as much education as a lot of white people.’ I answered, ‘Doctor, I have more education than most white people.’
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933)

    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.
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933)

    ... you have to keep fighting them off and realize that nobody would be interested in attacking you personally unless you were trying to do some things that are bothering them.
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933)