Is Rev Jesse Jackson OK? Civil rights leader, 80, hospitalized after falling
Veteran Civil Rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson was rushed to the hospital on Monday, November 1, after he met with an unfortunate accident while attending a student protest at Howard University. Jackson, who founded the Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) was helping the university students protesting their on-campus living conditions. He reportedly fell down and hit his head while entering a campus building, according to his spokesperson Frank Watkins.
Rev. Jackson was soon escorted to the Howard University Hospital where he has been admitted for treatment. Jackson's daughter Santita Jackson assured worried followers over a tweet saying, "Family, he’s resting comfortably and doing well: we thank u 4 ur prayers! Fighting 4 u is what he'll always do. His goal is 2 ensure the well-being of@HowardU students: #MissionAccomplished." The 80-year-old leader has been kept at the hospital overnight for observation while his CT Scan results were found to be normal.
Family, he's resting comfortably & doing well: we thank u 4 ur prayers! Fighting 4 u is what he'll always do. His goal is 2 ensure the well-being of@HowardU students: #MissionAccomplished— Santita Jackson (@SantitaJ) November 2, 2021
Rev. Jesse Jackson falls while helping Howard U student protesters https://t.co/1X9zohjbgJ
“Never Surrender. Keep Hope Alive”— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) October 30, 2021
After over an hour of dialogue with #BlackburnTakeover Protesters at #HowardUniversity, Reverend Jesse Jackson closes with words of encouragement. pic.twitter.com/uNaoYTzwdd
At the time of the accident, Jackson was attending a meeting with Wayne A.I. Frederick, the President of Howard University, in presence of the protesting students. They were reportedly voicing their concerns about the poor living situation on campus. He fell down while trying to enter a building on the campus.
The accident, however, has fuelled rumors about whether Rev. Jesse Jackson misstepped and fell, or he was the victim of a larger conspiracy in place. Skeptical supporters are suspecting that there might be some foul play involved and he might have been pushed by someone in the crowd.
"Who pushed Jesse Jackson at that protest?," a Twitter user asked, sparking rumors around his accident.
However, one follower pointed out that Rev Jackson suffers from Parkinson's Disease, making him vulnerable on his own in crowded places. The follower also urged everyone not to exploit Rev. Jackson anymore, as he had "DONE ENOUGH' for all.
Who pushed Jesse Jackson at that protest? 😩— Big Pusha💕 (@LilTexacoShawTY) November 2, 2021
Rev Jesse Jackson— Malcolm Shabazz (@malcolmshabazz6) November 2, 2021
Fell on the campus of Howard University and hit his head
And he had to be hospitalized
Rev Jackson has Parkinson Disease and it's time for the people around him to scale back his public appearances
Don't exploit and use Rev Jackson he has DONE ENOUGH for us
This marks the third time Rev. Jackson has been hospitalized in 2021. Earlier this year, he underwent gallbladder surgery. He was also diagnosed with COVID-19 in August and needed several weeks of physical therapy to recover. His Parkinson's symptoms worsened with the COVID infection and affected his ability to talk or walk properly. Despite his physical struggles, Rev Jackson resumed his regular public attendances soon after overcoming COVID-19.