On Saturday, MSR former co-publisher and vice president emeritus was recognized by state leaders in two proclamations delivered by Minnesota Senate President Bobby Joe Champion, declaring June 17, 2023, as Norma Jean Williams Day.
The funeral service for Norma Jean Williams and the Celebration of Life repast that followed were well-attended. At the Celebration of Life, held at the Chambers Hotel in Downtown Minneapolis, the sunshine-yellow décor reflected the spirit of Norma Jean.
The program began with MN Black Music Association owner, Pete Rhodes, who was the master of ceremonies, sharing how he got his start as Norma Williams’ assistant, when she was hosting radio shows on KMOJ and KFAI, interviewing African American celebrities. The published obituary was read by Michael Diehl, and then Senator Bobby Joe Champion read the proclamations from Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota State Senate declaring June 17th Norma Jean Williams Day
The Williams and Jackman families want to thank everyone for the many cards, flowers, and all the support that has been offered at this time. Your love for Norma Williams has been felt and is greatly appreciated.