Black History Month: African-American Health Pioneers
Jocelyn Elders (1933-present)
In 1993, under President Clinton, Dr. Elders became the first African-American to serve as surgeon general. She was revolutionary, advocating for drug legalization, a pro-choice nation and passing out contraceptives in schools. Unfortunately, she was fired in 1994 for comments encouraging that masturbation be taught in schools in order to address the HIV epidemic.