Black History Month – Day 27


Dr. Joycelyn Elders (8/13/1933 – current)


First black appointed Surgeon General of the US Born to sharecroppers in Arkansas, Minne Lee Jones was the eldest of eight kids. She was also the valedictorian of her graduating class. She received a BS in Biology from Philander Smith College, where she also became a member of Delta Sigma Theta. She was a nurse’s aid in Milwaukee and served three years in the Army. She got her MD from U of AR and her MS in Biochemistry 7 years later.

She supported contraceptive distribution in school and possibility of drug legalization. She was appointed under the Clinton Administration in 1993.

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