Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr. is recovering from a procedure he underwent last week.
The activist was hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on Thursday (Jan. 28) for abdominal discomfort and almost immediately underwent surgery, per the Rainbow PUSH Coalition — his multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive and international organization.
“After routine medical observation, successful surgery ensued, and Rev. Jackson is resting. He is in good spirits and will be discharged in a few days. Thank you for your continued love, support and prayers,” read a statement from PUSH.
Jackson is a monumental figure in Black history whose work against racial discrimination stems from the Civil Rights movement and has continued with his presence in recent Black Lives Matter protests and work “leading food drives up till this moment,” per his son, Jonathan Jackson.
In 2017, the former Democratic presidential candidate revealed he’s been battling Parkinson’s disease since 2015. He recently received his first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine three weeks ago in hopes to encourage Americans to take it. “Take the vaccination now. Keep hope alive,” Jackson at the time. He was scheduled to get his second dose on Friday (Jan. 29), but the appointment was cancelled after he was hospitalized.
“I personally don’t know all the details, so I don’t want to get into that, said PUSH Public Policy Director Frank Watkins of Jackson’s condition. “I know that he is resting comfortably and that he is expected home in a couple of days. I’ve talked with the family, and they expect him home in a couple of days. They’re looking forward to having him home, and they feel that so far everything has been successful.”
“He is very upbeat and cheerful and talkative, and we look forward to seeing him home,” Jackson’s son added. “We thank everyone for your prayers.”
REVOLT sends our prayers to Jackson as he continues to recover from his recent surgery.