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Men & Women of Distinction: Dr. Joycelyn Elders


Dr. Joycelyn Elders is known as the first African American appointed as Surgeon General of the United States during the Clinton Administration. Behind her plain spoken manner is a woman who grew up in poverty during the great depression and despite the odds, went to college and became a physician and respected scientist. In this one-on-one interview with Ernie Dumas, Elders opens up about her childhood, the struggle to make it to Little Rock for her first day of college and the relationships that defined her. Elders recounts stories of her residency at UAMS that influenced her to become a strong advocate for children's health and an opponent of teenage pregnancy.