In Memoriam: Gil Noble

Gil Noble (February 22, 1932- April 5, 2012) was a legendary journalist, civil rights activist, and humanitarian.  He passed away earlier today at the age of 80.  Mr. Noble was most noted for his Emmy award-winning weekly public affairs program Like It Is on ABC.  Premised on reporting, analyzing, and discussing news through the lens of the black experience in America, Like It Is was an important and valued source of information in many communities for over four decades.  As the distinguished host of the show, which ran from 1968-2011, Mr. Noble gave scholars, intellectuals, activists, and everyday folk an opportunity to “tell is like it is” in a forum where their views would be held up to scrutiny but taken seriously.  I had the honor of appearing on Mr. Noble’s show years ago and have never forgotten the power of his presence and the gentleness of his soul.  He gave us news like it is and also like it should be—guided by the insight of a person of grace and abundant humanity.

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