Rev. Jesse Jackson was released from hospital after being treated for a fall at Howard University


According to the statement, Jackson had been meeting with Howard University President Wayne AI Frederick and students about their complaints about rodents, mold and flooding in their dormitories when it fell on Monday.

Jackson said he wanted to return to campus to continue negotiations.

“After bringing the students and school management together, Rev. Jackson said that much progress was made yesterday and that he will return today to help resolve their differences,” the statement said.

Jackson’s medical tests, including a CT scan, which came back normal. He was held overnight for observation.

Monday’s incident marks the latest in recent health concerns for the 80-year-old Jackson.

He and his wife, Jacqueline Jackson, 77, were both hospitalized in August after testing positive for the novel coronavirus and being discharged in early September. Jackson then received physical therapy at a rehab facility for Parkinson’s disease and was discharged later that month.
In February, it became known that the civil rights activist had undergone successful surgery after being hospitalized for abdominal complaints.

Student protests

Howard University students have been protesting against the allegedly inferior living conditions since mid-October.

Black leaders have rallied around students from the historically black college in Washington who have rallied for sit-ins at the school’s Blackburn University Center to demand that the university address their concerns.
Black leaders gather around Howard University students

Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and NAACP President Derrick Johnson are among those who commended the students for their action.

Frederick, the university president, addressed the protests twice in a letter to the Howard Congregation that was last sent on Tuesday.
“I am optimistic that we will emerge from this moment and continue to move towards our shared vision for Howard University as outlined in Howard Forward’s Strategic and Master Plans,” he wrote.

Frederick wrote that he was still ready to meet with students “as soon as the building is vacated”. He also said he would announce his state of the university address – which had been delayed from homecoming weekend – this Friday and he would then meet with student leaders and alumni.

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