Saying Goodbye to Gil Noble

Black luminaries, colleagues and fans gathered in Harlem to bid farewell to the beloved journalist.

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Hours after the funeral, during the reception at the Schomburg Center, Noble's wife, Norma Jean, sat surrounded by relatives and friends. Married to him since 1959, when they united after a brief courtship, she said adjusting to life without him, "a man who never yelled, screamed or raised his voice," will take time.

"I have to get used to being without him," she said.

F. Finley McRae is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.

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