Rev Jesse Jackson and wife ‘responding positively’ to Covid treatment, says son

The Rev Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline Jackson, remained under doctors’ observation at a Chicago hospital on Monday and were “responding positively to treatments” for Covid-19, their son said.

The couple, who have been married for nearly six decades, were admitted to Northwestern Memorial hospital on Saturday. Physicians were “carefully monitoring their condition” because of their ages, Jonathan Jackson, one of the couple’s five children, 성명에서 말했다. Jesse Jackson is 79. Jacqueline Jackson is 77.

“Both are resting comfortably and are responding positively to their treatments,” Jonathan Jackson said. “My family appreciates all of the expressions of concern and prayers that have been offered on their behalf, and we will continue to offer our prayers for your family as well.”

Jesse Jackson, a civil rights leader from Chicago who emerged on the national scene in the 1960s, is vaccinated, having received his first dose in January during a publicised event as he urged others to receive the inoculation as soon as possible.

He has campaigned to improve health outcomes for minority Americans throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Last April, Jackson asked in a statement: “After 400 years of slavery, segregation and discrimination, why would anybody be shocked that African Americans are dying disproportionately from the coronavirus?”

All past US presidents, 그는 말했다, had failed to “end the virus of white superiority and fix the multifaceted issues confronting African Americans”.

The next month, 그는 가디언에게 말했다: “We know that people should honour the [social distancing] protocols, but some find it more difficult because of congested conditions or their transportation.

A lot are untested and uninsured. If you’re uninsured, you can go to the hospitals only to be told you can’t get service, so you end up resorting to your own home remedies, or you end up in the hospital too late.

“That points to disparity in income and education and healthcare. It shows the black condition in America. The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow is very clear.”

The vaccination status of Jacqueline Jackson, who is also an activist, was unclear. Family members said she has an unspecified underlying health condition that triggered concerns.

“We ask that you continue to pray for the full recovery of our parents,” Jonathan Jackson said. “We will continue to update you on a regular basis.”

Jesse Jackson, who has Parkinson’s disease, was hospitalized earlier this year for an unrelated gallbladder surgery.

A mentee of the Rev Martin Luther King, Jackson was crucial in guiding the modern civil rights movement on issues including voting rights. He ran for the Democratic presidential nomination 에 1984 과 1988.

Despite his Parkinson’s diagnosis, he has stayed active and continued to travel.

In his Guardian interview last year, 그는 말했다: “We really must have healthcare for all as one of the by-products of this pandemic. Anybody who’s left out is a threat to those who are left in.

“When people as affluent as Prince Charles and Boris Johnson and athletes are affected, it means that the gated community did not protect you from the pandemic. If the poor are not protected, the rich are in jeopardy, because you cannot separate by community the poor from the rich, the white from the black.”

최근 몇 주 동안, Jackson has been arrested for civil disobedience, including last month at a sit-in at the Phoenix office of Democratic US senator Kyrsten Sinema, who has faced pressure over her opposition to ending the filibuster in order to pass voting rights legislation.

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