Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr.
Activist, President & CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus
Asthma rates in the United States have been steadily rising. Unfortunately, the youth are the ones that suffer the most. Across the board, children have higher rates of asthma than adults. African American children are especially susceptible. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, there has been a 50% increase in the rates of asthma for African American children during the past ten years. An estimated 17% of African American children now have the disease. Even though it is a common disease, many people undermine its lethality. The Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology also states that nine people a day die from asthma.