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Rev. Jesse Jackson hospitalized after falling on Howard University's campus

Rev. Jackson entered the Blackburn building on campus to visit the students when he fell and hit his head, according to the Rainbow Push Organization.

WASHINGTON — Rev. Jesse Jackson was hospitalized at Howard University Hospital Monday after he fell during a visit at Howard University's Blackburn building, according to a statement from his non-profit, the Rainbow Push Organization.

Rev. Jackson was at the institution attending a town hall meeting with Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick and student protesters regarding the student's complaints on living conditions.

According to the Rainbow Push Organization, Rev. Jackson entered the Blackburn building on campus to visit the students when he fell and hit his head. A Howard Administrator took him to Howard University Hospital for treatment, according to Howard University.

After several tests, his results "came back normal," the organization said. He stayed at the hospital overnight for further observation before he was released Tuesday.

Rev. Jackson was not participating in the protest at the Blackburn building during his visit, Howard University said.

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This comes as Howard University's President called on students to end a sit-in protest at the university's Blackburn Center. Students protested since Oct. 12 to bring attention to the institution's living conditions in student housing.

Student demonstrators have been demanding representation on the university's board of trustees, and want something to be done to address housing conditions in student dorms.  

Last month, a video showing conditions inside one Howard University dorm room went viral on Twitter. 

RELATED: Video: Howard University student says they've been living in a moldy dorm room

In the video, you can see what looks like a puddle of water in what they say is in the kitchen of the dorm room. Howard University sophomore Thandiwe Abdullah posted the video. 

 

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