Pastor Jesse Jackson was hospitalized Monday after falling and hitting his head while meeting with student protesters at Howard University in Washington, DC
Jackson, 80, attended a city meeting with Howard President Wayne AI Frederick and the students who protested against mold and rodents in their living quarters at the historic Black University, reports say.
The civil rights leader and the two-time presidential candidate fell as he entered a building on campus, according to Jackson spokesman Frank Watkins. It was not immediately clear what caused Jackson to fall.
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“While meeting with various administrators, including Dr. Wayne Frederick, Pastor Jackson sustained an injury as he entered the Blackburn Center,” the university wrote on Twitter.
Jackson was taken to Howard University Hospital, where a CT scan and test came back normal, according to Watkins. He was kept in the hospital overnight for observation and became so came later by Frederik.
“Family, he rests comfortably and is well,” his daughter Santita Jackson, wrote on Twitter.
Jesse Jackson, who has Parkinson’s disease, was previously hospitalized twice this year.
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In August, both Jackson and his wife were admitted to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. Jackson, who has been vaccinated, underwent intensive physiotherapy after the virus affected his Parkinson’s and his ability to walk and talk.
He also underwent gallbladder surgery earlier this year.
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Jackson had resumed an active talk schedule and celebrated his 80th birthday last month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report