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(July 22, 1918-March 13, 1989) Born James Norbon Rhea in Johnson City, Tennessee. Graduated from Langston High School in Johnson City. Attended University of Michigan; studies deferred during service in U.S. Army, including two years in the Pacific. Graduated from University of Michigan in 1946. Worked for Norfolk, Virginia, Journal and Guide for three years after college. Joined staff of Providence Journal-Bulletin in 1950. In 1955 published series "Jim Crow Goes to Church," for which he won Brotherhood Award of National Conference of Christians and Jews. During 1960s and 1970s covered Rhode Island state courts; helped found newspaper guild local. In 1973 crossed picket lines during strike; grew increasingly estranged from colleagues and management of paper. Retired in 1983. Died in Providence.