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Jesse Jackson Says He Has Parkinson's Disease

Jackson, 76, was diagnosed with the motor system disorder in 2015, according to the facility where he is undergoing treatment. "For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign," he says.
Rev. Jesse Jackson has revealed a Parkinson's diagnosis. He's seen here speaking at the NAACP Convention in Baltimore in July. Source: Baltimore Sun

The Rev. Jesse Jackson announced Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, saying that he first noticed symptoms "about three years ago."

Jackson, 76, released the news in what he called an update "on my health and the future."

The longtime political and social activist, who was part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner circle in the 1960s and who later founded the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, said that after noticing signs of the

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