cnetfreedownload.com – Reverend Jesse Jackson, a two-time civil rights leader and presidential candidate, and his wife were taken to hospital after they tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement.
The nonprofit Rainbow/Bush Alliance said he and his 77-year-old wife were being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Jesse Jackson, 79, was vaccinated against the virus and received his first dose in January during a public event where he urged others to do so as soon as possible.
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“Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both,” Rainbow/Bush said.
Jackson, a parishioner of Reverend Martin Luther King, has been instrumental in guiding the modern civil rights movement on many issues, including the right to vote.
Despite suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Jackson was an active advocate for Covid-19 vaccines for blacks, which lagged behind whites in the US vaccination drive. Earlier this month, he was arrested in front of the United States Capitol during a rally that called on Congress to end stalling in support of voting rights.
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