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A founder of the Negro Ensemble Company in New York in the 1960s, he was outspoken about limited opportunities for fellow Black actors and directors.
He emerged from the Black Arts movement and the famed Negro Ensemble Company, writing dramas and satires about the Black and Caribbean-American experiences.
An ill-treated war veteran, Frederick Douglass, colonial oppression: Mr. Branch’s Off Broadway work on race ranged widely. He also made a mark in TV.