Jackson, 80, was attending a town meeting with Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick and the students protesting over mold and rodents in their residential halls at the historically Black university, reports said.
The civil rights leader and two-time presidential candidate fell while entering a building on campus, according to Jackson spokesman Frank Watkins. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused Jackson to fall.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks during a news conference after the verdict was read in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
“While meeting with various administrators, including Dr. Wayne Frederick, Rev. Jackson sustained an injury upon entering the Blackburn Center,” the university wrote on Twitter.
Jackson was taken to Howard University Hospital where a CT scan and tests came back normal, according to Watkins. He was being kept at the hospital overnight for observation and was later joined by Frederick.
“Family, he’s resting comfortably & doing well,” his daughter Santita Jackson, wrote on Twitter.
Jesse Jackson, who has Parkinson’s disease, was previously hospitalized twice this year.
In August, both Jackson and his wife were hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. Jackson, who is vaccinated, underwent intensive physical therapy after the virus impacted his Parkinson’s and his ability to walk and talk.
He also had gallbladder surgery earlier in the year.
Jackson had resumed an active public speaking schedule and celebrated his 80th birthday last month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report