Jesse Jackson, Wife Hospitalized For Covid

Jesse Jackson, Wife Hospitalized For Covid
Jesse Jackson, Wife Hospitalized For Covid

 

Jesse Louis Jackson is an American political activist, Baptist minister, politician, and famous civil rights leader and two-time presidential candidate, and his wife, Jacqueline, have been hospitalized after testing positive for Covid-19, according to a statement Saturday.

Jesse Jackson, 79, is vaccinated against the virus and received the first dose of it in January during a publicized event in which he urged others to get the vaccine as soon as possible. He and his wife, 77, are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

“Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both,” according to the statement from Jesse Jackson’s nonprofit organization Rainbow / PUSH Coalition “There are no further updates at this time,” the statement said. “We will provide updates as they become available.”

A protégé of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson was instrumental in guiding the modern civil rights movement on numerous issues, including the right to vote.

Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Jackson has been active and advocated for COVID-19 vaccines for black people, which lag behind white people in the United States vaccination campaign. Earlier this month, he was arrested in front of the United States Capitol during a rally in which he called on Congress to end the filibuster to support voting rights.