Joycelyn Elders, the former United States Surgeon General was born Minnie Lee Jones in Schaal, Arkansas on August 13, 1933, to Curtis and Hailer Jones; she added the name Joycelyn when she was in college. JANUARY 14, 2008 BY CONTRIBUTED BY: ANGELA HORNSBY-GUTTING As the eldest of eight children of sharecroppers, Joycelyn Elders experienced extreme poverty in segregated, rural Arkansas. […]

First Woman/First Black Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders