Rev. Jesse Jackson is recovering from a “successful surgery” in Chicago.
“Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, was recently admitted to the hospital for abdominal discomfort,” the organization posted Monday morning.
“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. “
The 79-year-old civil rights leader — a two-time presidential candidate — was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2017. He said in 2019 that his father suffered from the same condition.
His son, Jesse Jackson Jr., served as a congressman in Illinois from 1995 to 2012. When he left office, he cited mental health issues as well as gastrointestinal problems as the reason for his departure. He was later sentenced to 30 months in prison on fraud charges.
Rev. Jackson’s long resume includes working with civil rights trailblazer Martin Luther King in the 1960s. He ran for president in 1984 and again in 1988 in Democratic primaries.
With the craziness going on in the world right now, we’re relieved to hear that Rev. Jackson is doing alright.