Gil Noble was a journalist and Human Rights advocate. He was not afraid of "stepping out of the box" not only for African Americans but for all people. He was a man of integrity who manifested profound empathy for any oppressed minority. He is a blessed and fortunate man who has left a legacy of information and history that would otherwise not be available to future generations. His uniquely dignified relational style and fierce truth seeking will be remembered by all he touched. I had the privilege of two conversations with him. He clearly spoke to me "LIKE IT WAS" at the time. Reflected appraisals did not concern him, he found giving voice to often unpopular and controversial issues more important. Gil Noble's voice sharing "LIKE IT IS" will echo in our minds forever. My condolences to his wife and family on their loss.