Civil Rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is in a Washington, D.C. area hospital this morning after taking a bad fall during a visit to Howard University. Jackson was visiting the school to support Howard students who have been protesting the living conditions of the University’s dormitories.
According to TMZ, Jackson was kept overnight in the hospital for observation. All his scans came back normal. Jackson hit his head as he fell while walking into an on-campus building.
In August, Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline were both hospitalized due to COVID-19. Jesse was vaccinated and was able to make it home after recovering. Colin Powell recently succumbed to complications caused by the virus. Jackson, fortunately, pulled through. The 77-year-old Jackson then moved on to a rehabilitation facility to receive help with his Parkinson’s disease.
The health scares haven’t stopped Jackson from showing solidarity with the causes he supports. Despite his physical limitations, he still made the trip to stand in unity with the protesting Howard University student body. He remains dedicated to his principles in the face of serious health problems.
Rev. Jesse Jackson has been a prominent face in the civil rights movement since the 1960s. He worked for Martin Luther King Jr. and later formed the Rainbow Coalition. He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for President in 1984, finishing third behind Gary Hart and Vince President Walter Mondale.
Jackson ran again in 1988, winning seven primaries and four caucuses. His bid came up short despite winning nearly 7 million votes. Jesse Jackson was defeated by Michael Dukakis in the national primary, but proved that a black candidate was a viable choice to serve as American President. Here’s hoping Jesse Jackson recovers soon!
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