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August 31, 2021

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August 31, 2021

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NIGERIA O!-TRADITIONAL RELIGION SITES FOR TOURISM ?

August 31, 2021
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Emmanuel Onwubiko: A vote for home pilgrimages

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on August 30, 2021

By Daily Post Staff

Religious Pilgrimage is one of the earliest forms of tourism that was practiced by people travelling to holy sites. This form of tourism could be traced way back to the dawn of humanity.null

According to accounts, sacred religious sites were visited by admirers or people who shared the same faith and fellowship while exploring the holy sites.
Today, these religious sites have become part of the cultural landscape within their environs and now constitute major players in the tourism market; thus, improving the economy of host communities. Cities like Mecca, Rome, Jerusalem etc continue to attract millions of visitors on a yearly basis.
Nigeria is a country with many different religions. Thus, religious pilgrimages and travels are significant motivations today. Although many Nigerians profess either Christianity or Islam, they have continued to practice some of the older religious traditions like ancestor worship and the belief in deities as adherents of African Traditional Religion (ATR).null

African Traditional Religion (ATR) is the oldest religion in Africa and it is the indigenous religion of Africans. In this vein, Kitause and Achunike (2013) point out that, “this indigenous religion is what Nigerians have been practicing before the advent of Christianity and Islam” in Nigeria. Like Christianity and Islam, ATR fosters tourism.https://93ce1cc2733762260e8a2ba82a27462d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

In traditional society, religion permeated every part of the culture such that it was difficult to dissociate one from the other. Nigeria possesses numerous worship sites that attract admirers and adherents.

This Essay shall emphasise significant places of pilgrims in Nigeria with a view to examining their tourism potential.
It argues for emphasis to be shifted to homegrown pilgrimage sites of significant ATR to be upgraded as World Tourism Sites in addition to why traditional religious monuments and sites in Nigeria should be recognized and for a Pilgrims Commission for ATR constituted by Government so as to remove the discrimination against ATR.
Highlights of Major Religious Monuments And Sites In Nigeria:
Nigeria is a culturally-diverse country, with over 250 local languages. These various cultures have very rich histories and backgrounds and the local people are incredibly proud of their heritage. The heritage comes in the form of ancient places of worship, artifacts, old towns and monuments, to mention a few.
In ATR there is the belief in a supreme being. This is variously named according to the various ethnic groups in Nigeria. For instance, the Yoruba call on the name of Oluwa or Olorun; the Hausa call on Ubangiji, while the Igbo call on the name of Chukwu Okike or Chineke. Traditional religion also acknowledges the existence of priesthood, oracles, divination, spirits (gods), ancestors, medicine, medicine- persons, magic or sorcery. In traditional religion, the Supreme Being does not communicate. He communicates through deities or oracles.https://93ce1cc2733762260e8a2ba82a27462d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlhttps://93ce1cc2733762260e8a2ba82a27462d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

The oracle, according to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, is the medium by which deities were consulted like in ancient Greek and Roman kingdoms. However, this explanation is silent about some other elements that can be essential for oracle. For this reason this writer presents an oracle as a deity with a shrine and also a priest or priestess who ministers to it and plays the intermediary between it and human beings who come to consult it.
Okafor (1989) has identified notable oracles in Nigeria such as Ifa (in Yorubaland) and Chukwu (in Igboland). In Igboland, the Chukwu oracle is found at Arochukwu and it is called Ebini Ukpabi. It was the colonial masters who named it “Long Juju.”

According to the information from Okafor, Ebini Ukpabi was destroyed by the British in 1902 because of their belief that the Igbo derived power from it that made them to resist colonial subjugation. Today international tourists still visit it. However, much is not known about domestic tourists who go there.
Nri (in Anambra State) which is believed to be the ancestral homeland of the Igbo people does not have any shrine that could provoke faith visits to it. Instead, for inquiries, the people of Nri go to Aguleri (Anambra State). At the extreme south of Nri town is found Agulu, both in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. It is the Agulu lake that has a popular shrine attached to it and a priest who ministers to it.

Some popular oracles included the Okija Shrine, Ala Ogbaga and Amadioha Ozuzu. Others are the Oshun Oshogbo Sacred Groove and the Omo-Ukwu temple (Okpoko and Okpoko, 2002:40).
The Oshun Oshogbo Sacred Groves of Osun; the goddess of fertility and one of the most popular deities in Yorubaland, are located on the outskirts of Osogbo, which is about 230 kilometers from Lagos. The groves, which are dotted by shrines, sculptures, and artworks, represent a time when people dedicated areas outside their settlements to deities, areas which are regarded as sacred. The Osun-Osogbo grove itself is located in a dense forest that is one of the primary high forest in southern Nigeria.

Apart from shrines and temples, in Nigeria, caves and rock shelters are considered to be repositories for Chukwu. According to Ibeanu (2006), caves are formed “as a result of the differential erosion of the sand stone cuesta” (p. 323). They were believed to be the house of the Supreme Being (Chukwu).

Ibeanu argues that it is possible that caves were places of worship and sacrifices in ancient times. According to him, the names given to some caves such as Okpuchukwu, Uhuchukwu, or Nnemchukwu suggest that ancient people believed that God lived in the caves and so had recourse to them by offering sacrifices there.

Ibeanu therefore saw as his aim in the study, to project the role of the caves in Okigwi (Okigwe) in cultural tourism shown in the people’s oral tradition and how they can be made to play a role today as a way of developing tourism in Okigwi area and its surroundings (p.324). The caves he was referring to are Okpuchukwu in Otamkpa, Uhuchukwu in Ahaba Imenyi and Isi-Ume cave in Uturu, all in Okigwi surroundings.
A notable cave in Igboland which captures the admiration of tourists is the Ogbunike caves, found in a valley in the tropical forest of southeast Nigeria, in Anambra State. Several streams flow into the caves, and another stream within flows out into river Nkissa. The caves are believed to have a spiritual significance for the local people, and a festival is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of the caves.

Also, the Ogbaukwu Caves, located in Anambra State in the southeastern part of Nigeria are said to be the largest in West Africa and have enough roomy compartments to accommodate an entire village. Not much is known about the caves as they are largely unexplored, but local legend tells a story of a brave warrior who defeated lions that lived in the caves. The waterfalls are an aesthetic beauty and attract many tourists.

The Sukur Cultural Landscape, which is located in Madagali area of Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria has terraces on farmlands, stone-paved walkways, and dry-stone structures. On the landscape is the palace of the chief and other sacred remains that express the spiritual and material culture of an ancient society, and it is also representative of a former flourishing iron industry.

A lot of domestic tourisms flourish in the above named few places of faith and often people who visit those places are people who are in search of justice. Okpoko (2013: 11) rightly points out that in ATR, God is conceived as a judge, as the God of justice. From the earliest time, as King (2003:32) observed, “people believed that they were governed by the gods, represented by their priests.”

The shrines and oracles that have been mentioned here so far have almost developed into myths and from generation to generation people keep on talking about them. In this way King is right in contending that it is worshippers who created myths, stories about the gods so as to explain things that happen in the world. This writer asserts that it is those myths and stories that continue to evoke the need for emphasis to be shifted to homegrown pilgrimage sites of significant African Traditional Religion to be upgraded as WORLD’S TOURISM SITES.

The Call For Justice And Fair-Play:
Nguvugher remarks that the history of pilgrimages in Nigeria dates back to the arrival of Islam in Nigeria. If individuals travelled on their own means, there would be no problems. Today government’s association with and government sponsoring of religious pilgrimage has become an issue that gives concern to patriotic Nigerians.
More and more Nigerians are worried about government sponsoring of Muslim and Christian pilgrims to their holy places. Enwerem (1995) remarked that even though government established a pilgrim board for Christians, the latter were not enthused by that, acting ‘on the principle of the constitutional provision for the government’s non-interference in religion” (p. 140). Today Christians as well as Muslims go on pilgrimage every year to the holy lands. However, the discrimination and unfair-play involved in the whole affair intrigues everyone.
Just last week, precisely on the 18th of August, 2021, the prominent and leading civil rights advocacy group in Nigeria; Human Right Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to set up a pilgrims Commission for the African Traditional Religion Worshippers so as to make the many ancient shrines and landmark institutions of African worship attractive to International Pilgrims and thus, energize the local economies of those places and states in Nigeria while ensuring equity and equality of rights.”
The rights group, in a statement, wants the Federal Government to set up such a pilgrim’s commission for ATR, similar to the Institutions that care for the pilgrimages of Christians and Muslims at public expenses or else it will challenge the discrimination by the government of millions of practitioners of the respected African traditional religion in court.
Furthermore, HURIWA wondered how Nigeria, which brags to be the Nation with the largest black people globally, has continued to marginalize the segment of the population that adhere to their authentic and distinctive ancestral African traditional way of worship whereas it keeps spending humongous tax payers resources to sponsor foreign pilgrimages to middle East, Jordan, Italy amongst other foreign jurisdictions but failed to introduce a mechanism to organize pilgrimages to ancient shrines and Iconic ATR Centres in Nigeria such as the ones highlighted above.

HURIWA said: “Our prayer for indigenous religions to have their pilgrimages and to have a publicly funded body to organise these spiritual exercises is because the federal and states governments are still making plans to fund the agencies responsible for Islamic and Christian pilgrimages”.

As the Right Group revealed, in the proposal, the government said it has set aside a total of N2.6 billion it plans to spend on the programmes and activities of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria and the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission for the year.
“The two agencies are responsible for the religious interests of the Muslims and Christians, including the facilitation of annual pilgrimages by adherents of the two religions to Mecca and Jerusalem respectively”, HURIWA had lamented.

HURIWA also recalled that reportedly, the budget to fund the agencies responsible for the travels by both Muslim and Christian faithful during the year is humongous. “While the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was allocated about N1.39 billion, the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission was allocated about N1.38 billion.

“Apart from overhead costs totalling over N617.4 million, the National Hajj Commission is to spend a total of N130 million on general travels and transportation, including N20 million for local travel and transport for training, in addition to for other similar trips during the year.

“Besides, about N10 million has been set aside for international travels and transport for training and N50 million for other overseas travels and transport during the year. Other allocations to the hajj commission are N25 million for consulting and professional services, in addition to N15 million for financial consulting, apart from another N25.4 million for general financial charges, including insurance premium.

“About N10 million has been budgeted for refreshment and meals for the Commission; N15 million for honorarium and sitting allowances; publicity and advertisements (N20 million); welfare packages N70 million; monitoring activities and follow-up (N30 million).
“Although the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission does not have a provision in the budget for foreign travels and transport, about N71.3 million has been budgeted for allowances and social contributions during the year, while overhead costs, including general local travel and transport, would gulp N586.5 million. Also, the commission plans to spend about N42.3 million on general furniture, building and residential quarters and equipment maintenance; N25.1 million for training as well as N181.6 million for other services, like consulting and general professional services.”

What is so troubling is that in all this, African Traditional religionists are being left on themselves when they go for their own religious activities. This is against section 42(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 as amended), which is about right to freedom from discrimination.
Nigeria is a secular state; Iran can afford to sponsor its citizens on pilgrimage because it is an Islamic State by definition. When government begins to sponsor one group or some groups for faith-based travels while leaving others, it is a show of injustice. This impression makes it pertinent to proffer recommendations in this Essay as follows:

a. State governments should help to develop places of tourism that enhance the growth of religious tourism in relation to ATR. Such places speak a lot about a people, their origin and their worldview than Christianity and Islam.

b. Nigerians who intend to go on pilgrimage to holy places outside Nigeria should be given a good orientation as to what the aim of their journey is.

c. Considering the fact that Nigeria is a secular State, government should put a stop to the sponsoring of people to pilgrimages whether to Christian or to Muslim holy cities.

d. Justice and fair-play should be the watch word of the Nigerian government when handling issues that concern the three major religions in Nigeria.

This writer thinks that some of our indigenous African Religious Practices have suffered neglect due largely to the fact that mass communicators from our jurisdiction and even authors have deliberately undermine these African traditional Religion because of their adherence to foreign religions. The suggestion one prominent Catholic Cleric made that ATR is dead and buried is not totally accurate. Today, more youngsters are converting to their ancient religious practices and it is only wise if the government will invest substantially to preserve these heritages of our ancient religions by establishing a PILGRIMS COMMISSION FOR ATR.
One of the most prominent Christian leaders from Nigeria his eminence John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan recently authored a book in which he too alluded to the active sabotage of ATR. In his own calculation, ATR is dead and buried in Nigeria from his statements in the book ‘Let the truth prevail’ which he wrote in 2021.

Hear His eminence: “If we take Nigeria as example, we must not forget that it is not likely that the rate of church growth that we have been seeing in the past 50 years or so will continue. In fact, it seems we have actually reached a stage now where there is not much room for major changes in the balance of figures between Christianity and Islam. My reading of the situation is that, for a long time, both Christianity and Islam have been growing at the expense of the African traditional religions. We have now reached a stage where every Nigerian has practically made up their mind to be either Christian or Muslim. What this means is that if Islam is to grow, it has to be at the expense of Christianity, and if Christianity is to grow, it will have to be at the expense of Islam. Perhaps this is one reason why our relationship has become more contentious.”

“Until recently, both Christianity and Islam were able to continue with their divine mandate to keep preaching and making converts without hitting each other. We’ve reached a stage now where we are looking at each other face to face, and if we don’t handle our divine mandate carefully, it will only lead to clashes. This means even these figures that we are looking at are not the kind of figures that are going to be permanent. We do not know how far we are going to keep growing apart from natural reproduction”

*EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO is head of the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) and was a federal commissioner at the National Human Rights commission of Nigeria.

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YORUBA O! -135 YEAR OLD PRIESTESS LIVES UNDER OLUMO ROCK O!

August 31, 2021

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BLACK PEOPLE O! – WATCH A MOVIE BY A GREAT FILMMAKER-SID BURSTON OOO!

August 27, 2021

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Shahrazad Ali: I Want to Own My Death! *Two years ago, in 2013, the dear man I shared my life with for over 18 years died from lung cancer after two years of daily suffering, deterioration, and agony. At first Yahya kept his diagnosis to himself. I was raising our then-12-year-old grandson in Cincinnati, Ohio, a safer place for him than Philadelphia; we’d visit each other frequently with the plan he’d join us soon. I kept noticing he was losing weight, so I asked him, “What’s the problem? Are you not eating?”Finally I learned he had incurable cancer. Yahya was a big proud man, a 27-year Navy veteran, and an active and joyful person. And as the evil disease took over his frail body, he refused to stay in the hospital. He didn’t want strangers to feed him or change his diaper. He detested feeling helpless.Yahya didn’t want me or our grandson to see his demise and I respected his wishes. But during his final few days, not knowing how long he could hold on, he asked to see us one last time before he died. I took his grandson to see him; they talked, hugged, and made their peace. When my turn came, I told him he’d been a good husband and father and that he was leaving a great legacy. He thanked me, I kissed his hand, he waved goodbye, and was gone. I’ve since come to grips with the fact that he is gone from us forever. I miss him every day.Both my parents died of a heart attack early in life. They literally dropped dead. I always assumed that’s how death happens — quickly and painlessly. Watching Yahya die a slow, painful death gave me a new perspective on my own life and how I want to die. That’s when I discovered Death with Dignity.Ironically, soon after Yahya passed, I developed a tumor and even before the biopsy result came back, I had already decided that I was not going to experience what Yahya went through. I want to die on my own terms. I had made plans to move to Vermont when the doctors told me my tumor was benign. My plan is to decide and set my own terms about how I leave. I’m an independent woman and if death is coming and I have no quality of life left, I don’t want to prolong the inevitable and force my children to suffer along with me. I want to own my death like I owned my life—controlling my destiny.(August 2015)Death with Dignity520 SW 6th Avenue #1220Portland, OR 97204(503) 228-4415Contact UsSTORIESNEWSRESOURCESIN YOUR STATETAKE ACTIONABOUT USFAQSSUPPORT USDONATE ›BBB Accredited CharityCharityWatchCharity Navigator© Death with DignityThis is the website of Death with Dignity National Center and Death with Dignity Political Fund.

August 26, 2021

Shahrazad Ali: I Want to Own My Death

Shahrazad Ali is a retired writer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. * Two years ago, in 2013, the dear man I shared my life with for over 18 years died from lung cancer after two years of daily suffering, deterioration, and agony. Death with Dignity advocate Shahrazad Ali with husband Yahya At first Yahya kept his diagnosis to himself. I was raising our then-12-year-old grandson in Cincinnati, Ohio, a safer place for him than Philadelphia; we’d visit each other frequently with the plan he’d join us soon. I kept noticing he was losing weight, so I asked him, “What’s the problem? Are you not eating?” Finally I learned he had incurable cancer. Yahya was a big proud man, a 27-year Navy veteran, and an active and joyful person. And as the evil disease took over his frail body, he refused to stay in the hospital. He didn’t want strangers to feed him or change his diaper. He detested feeling helpless. Yahya didn’t want me or our grandson to see his demise and I respected his wishes. But during his final few days, not knowing how long he could hold on, he asked to see us one last time before he died. I took his grandson to see him; they talked, hugged, and made their peace. When my turn came, I told him he’d been a good husband and father and that he was leaving a great legacy. He thanked me, I kissed his hand, he waved goodbye, and was gone. I’ve since come to grips with the fact that he is gone from us forever. I miss him every day. Both my parents died of a heart attack early in life. They literally dropped dead. I always assumed that’s how death happens — quickly and painlessly. Watching Yahya die a slow, painful death gave me a new perspective on my own life and how I want to die. That’s when I discovered Death with Dignity. Ironically, soon after Yahya passed, I developed a tumor and even before the biopsy result came back, I had already decided that I was not going to experience what Yahya went through. I want to die on my own terms. I had made plans to move to Vermont when the doctors told me my tumor was benign. Death with Dignity advocate Shahrazad Ali with husband Yahya My plan is to decide and set my own terms about how I leave. I’m an independent woman and if death is coming and I have no quality of life left, I don’t want to prolong the inevitable and force my children to suffer along with me. I want to own my death like I owned my life—controlling my destiny. (August 2015) Related Stories XAND GRIFFIN: FOR MY MOM LINDZY B: DEATH WITH DIGNITY MEANS HOPE LENORE AVIN: THE OPPORTUNITY TO DIE WITH DIGNITY Death With Dignity Death with Dignity 520 SW 6th Avenue #1220 Portland, OR 97204 (503) 228-4415 Contact Us STORIES NEWS RESOURCES IN YOUR STATE TAKE ACTION ABOUT US FAQS SUPPORT US DONATE › © Death with Dignity This is the website of Death with Dignity National Center and Death with Dignity Political Fund . Privacy Policy

Shahrazad Ali – The Blackman’s Guide to Understanding The Blackwoman” on YouTube

August 26, 2021

MADONNA’S CO-STAR IN FILM WITH A BLACK JESUS?

August 25, 2021

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BLACK PEOPLE O! – WHITE SOLDIER FOUND GUILTY IN CONFRONTATION WITH BLACK MAN O!

August 25, 2021

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Soldier found guilty in video confrontation with Black man

A noncommissioned Army officer depicted in a viral video accosting and shoving a man in a South Carolina neighborhood has been convicted of third-degree assault

By The Associated Press

24 August 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A noncommissioned Army officer depicted in a viral video accosting and shoving a man in a South Carolina neighborhood has been convicted of third-degree assault.

A magistrate judge found Fort Jackson Army Sgt. Jonathan Pentland guilty of the misdemeanor Monday after a two-day trial, news outlets reported. He will have to choose between 30 days in jail or a fine of $1,087. Pentland was suspended from his post prior to the trial.

But race was never mentioned during Pentland’s trial in Columbia.

Pentland testified that he was trying to protect his family from a man acting strangely. The man he shoved, 22-year-old Deandre Williams, said he was trying to avoid a confrontation.

“As a young man, if I go on a walk, I shouldn’t feel any form of pressure,” Williams said after the verdict.

The officer who arrested Pentland testified that the video of the confrontation spoke for itself. Pentland weighs about 100 pounds (45 kilograms) more than Williams and was towering over the other man while yelling.

Prosecutor Paul Walton said Pentland broke the law three times: when he shoved Williams before the video started and again as Williams took an awkward step toward Pentland’s wife, and then when he slapped Williams’ cellphone out of his hand as he held it up trying to record Pentland.

“His pride is hurt,” Walton said of Pentland. “He’s a drill sergeant and he’s used to people doing what he says.”

Williams’ father cried on the stand as he testified that his son had a form of cancer that caused his brain to swell two years ago and that has left him struggling to understand things since.

Pentland’s lawyer said the two-minute video was only a small part of the confrontation that took place over 20 minutes.

Instead of fully investigating the incident — the officer that signed the arrest warrant testified he never listened to 911 calls about Williams’ odd behavior, such as allegedly touching a stranger’s baby — Richland County Sheriff’s Department leaders jumped to a conclusion after public reaction to the video, said defense attorney Benjamin Allen Stitely.

“They didn’t want the truth. They wanted to make up a bully for TV’s sake,” Stitely said.

Pentland said his threatening demeanor and strong language stemmed from his military training to deescalate situations and resulted from fear his family would be hurt. He said he was acting in self-defense and not “trying to pick a fight.”

“It’s embarrassing to the community,” Pentland testified. “I’m sorry for the way it escalated. Anybody looking back at this, you can watch that video and 100% see that it looks worse than it is. I did what I felt I had to do to protect my friends and family.”

Pentland said he received “thousands” of death threats after the video went viral and his wife had to find a new job and his daughter a different school.

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BLACK PEOPLE O!-AFTER TAKING VACCINE Rev Jesse Jackson and wife remain hospitalized for COVID-19 o!

August 24, 2021

Rev Jesse Jackson and wife remain hospitalized for COVID-19

Family members say the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline continue to be monitored by physicians at a Chicago hospital after testing positive for COVID-19

By SOPHIA TAREEN

Associated Press

23 August 2021,

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 2, 2021 file photo, Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to the crowd during a demonstration supporting the voting rights, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, have been hospitalized after
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CHICAGO — Civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, remained hospitalized Monday after testing positive for COVID-19, family members said.

Jesse Jackson, 79, has been fully vaccinated, receiving his first shot in January at a public event where he urged others to do the same. But Jacqueline Jackson, 77, has not been vaccinated, according to longtime family spokesman Frank Watkins. He declined to elaborate Monday.

The couple, married nearly 60 years, were admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, family members announced Saturday, with their age as a factor. A day later, their son Jonathan Jackson said both parents were resting comfortably at the hospital and “responding positively to their treatments.”

“The status of my parents has not changed,” Jonathan Jackson said in a Monday statement. “We are ever mindful that COVID-19 is a serious disease and we ask that you continue in prayer for my parents, as we remain prayerful for yours.”

Jacqueline Jackson is also a civil rights activist who has traveled worldwide to advocate for causes. The couple has five children together.

After Jackson got his first dose in January at a community hospital on Chicago’s South Side, the crowd applauded.

“Take the vaccination,” Jackson said. “Now.”


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