(FiveNation.com)- American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was admitted to the hospital this week for an injury he suffered during a Howard University meeting recently. The news was announced by the university on Monday, describing how the civil rights leader was taken to the hospital by a university administrator.
The 80-year-old has been a civil rights figure since the 1960s, and was with Martin Luther King in 1968 when he was assassinated.
Reports claim that Jackson underwent medical tests which proved to be normal, but the hospital decided to keep him in overnight for observation.
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which is a nonprofit organization set up by Jackson, told the press that he was taken to hospital after he fell and hit his head when he was entering the university building. This is the only information that has been provided so far despite multiple press requests.
Many speculated that the hospital admission may have been COVID-related, but that is unlikely not just given the statement from his nonprofit group and Howard University but also because he was hospitalized in August after testing positive for the virus.
His fall could well have been caused by his Parkinson’s disease, which he was diagnosed with in 2017.
Rev. Jesse Jackson falls while helping Howard U student protesters https://t.co/1X9zohjbgJ
— Santita Jackson (@SantitaJ) November 2, 2021
Family members said that he is resting comfortably and doing well, and that they thank everybody for their prayers.