Rev. Jesse Jackson Hospitalized after Injury at Howard University

                     (Jesse Jackson)

On Monday, Baptist minister and civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. was hospitalized after he fell and cut his head at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Jackson went to the school to cheer students who were agitating for a better living condition. According to reports, Jackson spoke to the university’s administration to permit the students to halt their two-week-long protest without any implications. More so, he wanted the school to pledge a commitment that dormitories which were in a dilapidated state would be looked into.

The school made a tweet saying that Jackson sustained the injury to his head as he entered the Blackburn Center, the school’s social hub where student protesters had taken over.

“While meeting with various administrators, including Dr. Wayne Frederick, Rev. Jackson sustained an injury upon entering the Blackburn Center. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rev. Jesse Jackson and his family at this time,” the university announced on Twitter.
“We can confirm that Rev. Jackson was taken to the hospital by a university administrator and was later joined by Dr. Wayne Frederick. Our prayers are with the Jackson family,” the school added.

Similarly, Jackson’s daughter Santita Jackson confirmed her father’s injury on Twitter saying, “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.”

Jackson's spokesperson Frank Watkins told The Washington Post that the minister had a series of tests, including a CT scan. The results came out as normal. Watkins said Jackson, who has Parkinson's disease, was kept overnight for observation. 

President of National Bar Association, Carlos Moore described the images and reports of the conditions of the dorm at Howard as “disturbing.” Hence, the organization supported the protesters with a statement which read,

“The NBA stands with the students of Howard University and all HBCU students. The NBA believes that just as our HBCU’s demand the best of their students, those institutions must also provide the best service possible to their students. If the reports are accurate, these reported conditions are indeed substandard and simply unacceptable.''

However, Jackson has been discharged from the hospital.

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