Helen Jackson, mother of Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., dies

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Monday, September 7, 2015
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and his mother, Helen Jackson.
Courtesy of Jackson family

Helen Jackson, the mother of Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., has died, a spokesman for the civil rights leader confirmed.

She was 92.

In a tweet shortly after noon Monday, Rev. Jackson said: "My loving mother MrsHelenJackson has made her transition to be with God. My family thankyou for your love&prayers."

"The passing of Helen Burns Jackson is a loss to all of us who grew up under the mentorship of her son Rev. Jesse Jackson and were lucky enough to have experienced her overriding encouragement. She was undoubtedly a deeply spiritual and compassionate woman and a freedom fighter in her own right," the Rev. Al Sharpton said.