Reverend Jesse Jackson was hospitalized Monday after falling while helping student protesters at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Jackson, an 80-year-old civil rights icon, fell and cut his head off after a meeting with the Howard University administration, The Grio reported.
Howard University posted a tweet at 11:14 p.m. to share the news. He said, “We can confirm that Reverend Jackson was taken to the hospital by a college administrator and was later joined by Dr. Wayne Frederick.
“Our prayers go out to the Jackson family.”
A few minutes earlier, the university explained that Jackson was injured as he entered the Blackburn Center.
He was heading for a meeting with a handful of administrators, including Howard University President Dr. Wayne AI Frederick.
Le Grio saw Jackson trying to discuss the meeting with the students, but the Reverend was asked to see a doctor and returned with a doctor’s permission.
According to the media outlet, Jackson had a meeting at 4 p.m. to speak on behalf of student activists who were seeking “amnesty and better housing.”
Monday marked the 19th day of protest as many students lobbied for better housing and financial conditions, the report explains.
Jackson was successful in securing a verbal agreement with the school administrator to allow the students to conclude their protest without a suspension, Grio reported.
His efforts also led to an agreement that ensures that all dorm rooms with mold will be investigated.
Despite Jackson’s best efforts, Raegen Carter, director of The Live Movement, told Grio, “We have an answer but it’s not the answer we’re looking for.
“This is not the answer we need.”
Jackson’s Rainbow / Push Coalition later revealed the Reverend would be hospitalized overnight to monitor his health, CBS News reported.
The CT scan and other tests were also reported to be “normal”.
The Reverend’s daughter, Santita Jackson, tweeted after the incident: “Family, he is resting comfortably and is doing well: we thank you for your 4 prayers!
“Fighting 4 u is what he always will do. His goal is 2 to ensure the welfare of the students @HowardU: #Mission accomplished. “
Jackson’s injury comes just months after his arrest by Capitol Hill police during a vote for the right to vote after vowing to “fill the jails” with more protesters.
The political activist was “arrested on the ground” by Capitol Police for “illegal protest activity” in June 2021, according to reports.
Jackson and his fellow activist, Bishop William Barber II, were “arrested for”illegal demonstration activity‘while demonstrating in favor of the right to vote. “
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