Reverend Jesse Jackson is recovering from surgery after he was hospitalized for “abdominal discomfort.”
In a statement from his Chicago-based nonprofit organization, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the 79-year-old is “resting” after the procedure and is expected to be released from care in a few days.
“He is in good spirits and will be discharged in a few days. Thank you for your continued love, support, and prayers,” the statement adds.
Back in November 2017, the Baptist minister — who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
“My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,” he said in a statement at the time. “After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.”
Though he admitted he had “been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” Jackson — who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Bill Clinton in 2000 — does not see the diagnosis as “a stop sign.”
“But rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression,” he said.
Last March, Jackson endorsed Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination over Joe Biden, who ended up winning the presidential election.
“With the exception of Native Americans, African Americans are the people who are most behind socially and economically in the United States and our needs are not moderate. A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path. The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path. That’s why I choose to endorse him today,” Jackson said in a statement.
“The Biden campaign has not reached out to me or asked for my support,” he continued. “The Sanders campaign has, and they responded to the issues I raised.”