Jesse Jackson Hospitalized After Falling and Hitting Head at Howard University

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson was hospitalized Monday after he fell and hit his head during a visit to Howard University where students are protesting living conditions on campus.

The 80-year-old civil rights leader fell while entering a building on the Washington, DC, campus, the university confirmed.

“Rev. Jackson sustained an injury upon entering the Blackburn Center. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rev. Jesse Jackson and his family at this time,” Howard said in a statement on social media.

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Jackson met separately with student protesters and university administrators before taking a spill.

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a nonprofit Jackson founded, told CNN he was being treated at Howard University Hospital.

“When Rev. Jackson entered a building on campus, he fell and hit his head. His staff took him to the Howard University Hospital where various tests were run including a CT scan. The results came back normal. However, hospital officials decided to keep Rev. Jackson overnight for observation,” the organization said in a statement.

In August, Jackson was hospitalized in Chicago after contracting a breakthrough case of COVID-19