Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson’s mother, Helen Burns Jackson has passed away at Greenville, South Carolina, hospital on Monday, according to Jackson and a family friend. She was 91.
“My loving mother … has made her transition to be with God,” Jackson wrote on Twitter along with a picture of the two of them in their Sunday best.
She spent most of her life in Greenville, South Carolina, where she gave birth to Jackson when she was 16.
She stayed largely out of the public eye, despite her son’s rising fame as a Civil Rights leader.