Did you know that African American Pediatrician and public health administrator Minnie Joycelyn Elders was a member of Delta Sigma Theta? Elders pledged the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders speaks about mental health issues during the 10th annual conference for the Coalition for Community Living Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1994, in Detroit. Elders said she is certain the U.S. will have national health care some day, and when it does, care for those Americans with mental illnesses must be an integral part of the plan. (AP Photo/Lennox Mclendon)
Elders served as Surgeon General of the United States from 1993 to 1994. She was the first African American to hold the title of Surgeon General. Minnie was born in Schaal, Arkansas, and earned her B.S. degree in Biology from Philander Smith College. She also pledged Delta while attending Philander. In 1960, she attended the University of Arkansas Medical School, where she earned her M.D. degree.
She had strong political views that shaped her career. She resigned from Surgeon General and returned to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as a professor.