The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the longtime civil rights leader, announced Friday that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, saying in a statement that he would continue his advocacy work even as he engaged in therapy to slow the disease’s progression.
“Throughout my career of service, God has kept me in the embrace of his loving arms, and protected me and my family from dangers, seen and unseen,” Jackson said in a statement released by his Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “Now in the latter years of my life, at 76 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge. After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.”
Jackson first rose to prominence during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, working closely with other prominent leaders, including The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jackson was with King when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.
The Baptist minister grew into a prominent figure in the U.S. political landscape, twice running for the Democratic nomination for president in the 1980s and appearing often in the media. He has continued to advocate on …read more
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