First lady Norma Fisher came of age in an era when everybody wore suits, hats and gloves to church. So when she married the Rev. Jerome Fisher (who established Compton’s first black church back in 1954) and became first lady of Little Zion Baptist Church in 1986, she had to fit in.
“It was a completely different role. Everybody calls it first lady but I call it the lead lady, the lady that everybody watches,” said the Joplin Missouri native who grew up an active member in church. “My husband used to say that you really have to be called for that job. A real first lady has to be called.”