Joycelyn Elders was the first board certified pediatric endocrinologist in the state of Arkansas, professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas, the first black woman to be Director of the Arkansas Department of Health, and the first black United States Surgeon General.
While she was in office she reduced teen pregnancy rates, promoted sex education, and worked on expanding the availability of HIV services.
Sex education is the best way to prevent diseases and pregnancy, and has even said
The best contraceptive in the world is a good education
Condoms will break, but I can assure you that vows of abstinence will break more easily than condoms.
As long as I was in Washington I never met anybody that I thought was good enough, who knew enough, or who loved enough to make sexual decisions for anybody else.
She’s still a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, as well as working to improve sex education in America. Joycelyn Elders is also a public supporter of the legalization of marijuana.
You can read all about her in her autobiography
From Sharecropper’s Daughter to Surgeon General of the United States of America (1997).