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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rev. Jesse Jackson Reveals He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Civil Rights Activist Jesse Jackson, 76, said he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson's is an incurable neurological disorder that can cause tremors, stiffness and difficulty balancing, walking and coordinating movement.

Jackson made the announcement in a letter released on Friday and said he first noticed physical changes about three years ago. The disease also affected his father.


Dear Friends and Supporters,

On July 17, 1960, I was arrested, along with seven other college students, for advocating for the right to use a public library in my hometown of Greenville, S.C. I remember it like it was yesterday, for that day changed my life forever. From that experience, I lost my fear of being jailed for a righteous cause. I went on to meet Dr. King and dedicate my heart and soul to the fight for justice, equality, and equal access. In the tradition of the Apostle Paul, I have offered myself – my mind, body and soul – as a living sacrifice.

Throughout my career of service, God has kept me in the embrace of his loving arms, and protected me and my family from dangers, seen and unseen. Now in the latter years of my life, at 76 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge. My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago. For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced.

After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson's disease, a disease that bested my father.

Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not 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.

I am far from alone. God continues to give me new opportunities to serve. This diagnosis is personal but it is more than that. It is an opportunity for me to use my voice to help in finding a cure for a disease that afflicts 7 to 10 million worldwide. Some 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's every year.

I will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world. I'm also spending some time working on my memoir so I can share with others the lessons I have learned in my life of public service. I steadfastly affirm that I would rather wear out than rust out.

I want to thank my family and friends who continue to care for me and support me. I will need your prayers and graceful understanding as I undertake this new challenge. As we continue in the struggle for human rights, remember that God will see us through, even in our midnight moments.

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Culled from Daily


  1. The way this people give diseases sweet names ehhhhh parkinson na wa
    You will be fine sir

  2. Oh Dear 😞
    IT is well
    GOD can still change his condition

  3. Parkinson disease,people that go tru this dey try o it is well. N he only got to know about it 3years ago, you are lucky daddy. God strengthens you sir.

  4. Being diagnosed of a disease that currently has no cure is heart breaking,though there are treatment available to help minimise some symptoms of Parkinson’s and makes individuals with it live a qualify life for as long as possible. I wish Rev Jackson well.

  5. It's so difficult to watch someone you love suffer from Parkinson, i mean you don't get over the pain and the discomfort the person went through .the constant shaking and the deterioration of your love one is overwhelming. My dad died of Parkinson's i still cry a lot, am not crying because i missed him so much. am crying because of what he went through b4 he died.


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