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ROSCOE LEE BROWNE (1925 - 2007)
Cunningham, Escott, Slevin and Doherty (CESD)
Browne was the fourth son of a Baptist minister, Sylvanus S. Browne, and his wife Lovie (née Lovie Lee Usher). Born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Browne first attended historically black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1946. He undertook postgraduate work at Middlebury College in Vermont, Columbia University in New York City, and at the University of Florence in Italy. Also an outstanding middle-distance runner, Browne won the Amateur Athletic Union 1,000-yard national indoor championship in 1949. He occasionally returned to Lincoln University between 1946 to 1952 to instruct classes in comparative literature, French, and English. Upon leaving academia he earned a living for several years selling wine for Schenley Import Corporation. Despite his limited amateur acting experience, in 1956 he stunned guests at a party among them opera singer Leontyne Price when he announced his intention to quit his secure job with Schenley to become a full-time professional actor. - Wiki
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Hand Is On The Gate, A
Hand Is On The Gate, A
The story of black people from African roots through slavery and on into modern America in their own words and music
Original entitled: "an evening Of Negro Poetry And Folk Music"
Delacorte Theatre, New York 10 Aug 1966
Original cast recording: Folkways (9040-2) 1966
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