A prominent figure in the modern American civil rights movement is scheduled to preach Sunday at a north Minneapolis church.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and later ran for president, will be the guest preacher at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church.
New Salem pastor Jerry McAfee said Jackson will preach at the 11 a.m. service at the church, located at 2507 Bryant Avenue N.
Jackson, 76, disclosed in November that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease. In a letter to supporters, he said family and friends noticed a change three years ago, and he could no longer ignore symptoms of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties.
It was unclear how his treatment would affect his leadership of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Chicago-based civil rights group he founded more than two decades ago. Jackson has remained active in his advocacy and travels.
A protégé of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jackson was instrumental in guiding the modern civil rights movement on issues including voting rights and education. He was twice a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 1980s.
In July 2016, Jackson visited St. Paul in the wake of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black man, by a St. Anthony police officer.
Shortly after paying a visit to Castile’s girlfriend, Jackson surprised protesters outside the governor’s residence in St. Paul.
“Our brother will live as long as we will remember him. We will not forget,” Jackson said to the crowd.