The following statement is from ACLU-NJ Executive Director Deborah Jacobs.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey extends its condolences to the Noble family at the passing of Gil Noble. Noble stood strong for civil liberties and rights, which was reflected in his storied career as a journalist. Noble's show, "Like it Is," highlighted critical social justice issues and had a great impact on generations of viewers. In 1992, we recognized his commitment and contributions by granting him the ACLU-NJ's highest award, the Roger N. Baldwin Award. His contributions to promoting a more just country will be missed by his loved ones and viewers alike.
Rep. Charles Rangel
"I am extremely saddened to learn that my dear friend and Harlem native, Gil Noble, the pioneering anchorman and journalist who spent his career giving a voice to African American causes, has passed away. For over forty years he was perhaps the nation's most important black journalist, bringing the struggle for civil rights and black equality into the homes of millions of Americans.
During his numerous decades hosting his iconic television program, Like It Is, Gil acquainted the country with the story and the culture of Black America. The show was truly groundbreaking. It engaged black leaders from Nelson Mandela to Bill Cosby in profound discussions of the country's most important issues. I was greatly honored to appear on Like It Is, debating Reverend Calvin O. Butts, III, of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. The program also featured insightful documentaries that delved into the lives of Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, and countless other historical figures. Perhaps most importantly, it provided an intelligent and progressive forum for black Americans that changed the way the nation viewed its black citizens. His legacy will continue as a trailblazer for African Americans in journalism.
You would be hard pressed to find anyone in Harlem who does not have memories of gathering with friends and family to watch Gil Noble eloquently discuss the issues of the day. The death of Gil, a son of Harlem, is especially saddening for our community. We will all miss this passionate individual and the inspiration he gave to our nation. We give our condolences to his wife, Jean, and their five children during this time of mourning."
New York Association of Black Journalists
"NYABJ is deeply saddened by the loss of Gil Noble, a legendary journalist who helped pave the way for many black journalists," said NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney. "For more than 40 years, he used his voice to not only tell stories that shed light on social inequalities that faced our community, but also to highlight the achievements of blacks in New York City and throughout the diaspora. NYABJ sends our condolences to the Noble family."
"Gil Noble was a giant in broadcasting who reminded generations of newscasters who followed in his footsteps that we have a responsibility to tell it 'like it is'. His loss cannot be calculated personally or professionally," said NYABJ Vice-President of Broadcast Cheryl Wills.