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willie t barrowCivil rights activist Rev. Willie T. Barrow has been admitted into the intensive care unit at Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago Monday night with a blood clot in her lung.

“She’s fighting tremendous odds,” said the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who visited her at the hospital. “She needs and deserves our prayers.”

With Jackson in the 1960s, she helped form the Chicago chapter of Operation Breadbasket. It eventually became the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, where she is chairperson emeritus.

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Rev. Barrow just celebrated her 90th birthday in December.

Barrow grew up in rural Texas on a farm with her six siblings. Her father was a local pastor. She was called to ministry when she was sixteen. While studying ministry in Portland, Oregon, she organized the first African American Church of God. She was also a welder in a shipyard, where she met Clyde Barrow, whom she married, and where she became involved in the labor movement.

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