Americans around the country are sending prayers to the family of the famed Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. The 79-year old civil rights icon and his 77-year old wife of nearly 60 years, Jacqueline, remained hospitalized with COVID. While Jackson—who has Parkinson’s disease— had been vaccinated in January and is being treated for a breakthrough infection, his wife had not been vaccinated due to a pre-existing condition.
“Let us all pray for Rev. and Mrs. Jesse Jackson,” the Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted. “They need our sincere and intense prayers. Prayer changes things!!!
“Praying for Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jacqueline Jackson,” wrote Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Earlier this month @RevJJackson stood with our movement outside the Capitol to extend the eviction moratorium,” posted Congresswoman Cori Bush. “Our movement now stands with him and his wife, Jacqueline, as they recover from COVID-19. Our prayers are with them both for a speedy and full recovery”.
And from Senator Bernie Sanders, came this tweet, “The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been one of the great leaders of our time in the fight for racial, social and economic justice. Jane and I and all Americans wish them a speedy and full recovery.”
In daily updates, the family has shared that both are responding well to treatment in a Chicago hospital.
“The health status of both my parents is unchanged,” Jonathan Jackson, said in a statement. “They continue to rest comfortably and to receive treatment.
“My family’s focus is totally on my parents… We continue to be eternally grateful for the thousands of prayers and well wishes that our family continues to receive.”
In an exclusive telephone conversation from his hospital bed with National Newspaper Publishers Association President, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jackson said he was doing fine and that he and his wife were receiving the best of care, adding that his battle for freedom, justice, and equality would continue.