Rev. Jesse Jackson For Mayor
Rev. Jesse Jackson is recovering and exerts that he’s ready to get back to work.
The civil rights icon was released from the Northwestern-affiliated Shirley Ryan AbilityLab after his three-week stay. According to Chicago Suntimes, he initially suffered from abdominal pains and underwent surgery.
“When I entered the rehab center, I was unable to walk. Today, I walked out returning home, and work strengthened. I look forward to returning to work to continue to make a difference in racial injustices, and I look forward to the next march,” said Jackson.
Jackson added “Thank you, with an abundance of appreciation and gratitude to the Ryan Rehab staff. They are the best. The doctors, medical team, and therapist have provided me a healthy recovery.”
Jackson’s Journey to Recovery
Rev. Jesse Jackson was first admitted to Northwestern on Jan. 29. That day he immediately underwent emergency surgery. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition organization founded by Jackson released a statement about his health.
“After medical observation, diagnosis, and successful surgery, Rev. Jackson continued with a normal recovery,” said PUSH on Tuesday.
Furthermore, the organization stated:
“Because of his Parkinson’s disease, the medical staff at Northwestern made a normal transfer of Rev. Jackson to the Shirley Ryan Rehabilitation Center for a period of exercise and therapy. After a month at the Shirley Rehab Center, he leaves today to return home to his family and friends and his civil rights work.”
On the same day of Jackson’s hospital admission, the 79-year-old was slated to receive his second COVID-19 vaccine shot at Roseland Community Hospital. The facility was scheduled to have a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate its new Sickle Cell and Oncology Clinic, but the event was canceled two hours prior. In fact, Jackson has lived with sickle cell traits for decades.
His first shot was administered on Jan. 8 by Dr. Kizzmekia “Kizzy” Corbett, the Black woman scientist who helped lead the team that produced the Moderna vaccine.
The Reverend Pays Respects to Vernon Jordan, Fellow Civil Rights Activist
The reverend is focusing on his health, but was sure to pay respects to civil rights activist Vernon Jordan. Jordan passed away on Monday.
“Vernon Jordan was a colleague of mine in the Civil Rights Movement and a good personal friend. I will miss my great friend Vernon Jordan. Thank you for a job well done. Our prayers are with your family during this time of bereavement. Rest in peace Vernon,” said Jackson.
“You left the world better than you found it.”
The hope is that Rev. Jesse Jackson has a speedy recovery.