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

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.
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