The Last Global Pandemic 1918-1919: “Negroes Plead for a Change of Environment”

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918, like the Covid 19 Pandemic, attacked different segments of the population with different severity. Then as now the Black population suffered disproportionate illness and death. In June, 1919, the head of Cincinnati’s Board of Health chaired a meeting where he acknowledged “that over three times as many colored people died[…]