Black Nativity Boston

Black Nativity Boston Black Nativity is retelling of the Christmas story set to a jubilant score of gospel music, dance and narrative. Originally written by Langston Hughes. Black Nativity is a program of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc. @NCAAABoston
The textured, delicate voices of children and sonorous voices of adults have enthralled Boston audiences at performances of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity since 1970. This year is no exception as the thunderous African drums herald the 2013 edition of the long running production of Black Nativity. Black Nativity is produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) as a gift from Boston’s black community to all men and women of “good will.” The 2014 Black Nativity has a new location at The Paramount Center - Emerson College, and we have more dates to choose from! Ticket prices are $45, $36, $32 Dates: Dec. 5, 6,12, 13, 19, 20 at 8:00 pm Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14,20, 21 at 3:30 pm For group rates or other information, call 617-585-6366. Our four decades of mounting Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity honors the conviction of NCAAA founder Elma Lewis and original Musical Director John Andrew Ross that spiritual and humane values have to be celebrated to build wholesome communities. NCAAA director Edmund Barry Gaither asserts “our cast of more than fifty embraces this perspective and has itself become an expansive family expressing these values.” Although a few cast members have performed every season, about one-quarter of the cast is new each year. The children, some performing publicly for the first time, are especially exciting as they prove again that they are the hope for our future. The famed Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes was a close family friend to John Andrew Ross whose arrangements continue to anchor our production of Black Nativity under Executive Producer Voncille Ross and Co-Musical Directors Milton Wright and Marilyn Andry. The dramatic choreography of George Howard is interpreted anew by dance master Desiree Springer O’Neal.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from all of us at Black Nativity! Already gearing up for our next session and subseque...
01/01/2019

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from all of us at Black Nativity! Already gearing up for our next session and subsequent 50th anniversary! #blacknativityboston #happynewyear

Happy Holidays from all the cast and crew of Black Nativity! #blacknativityboston #happyholidays
12/25/2018

Happy Holidays from all the cast and crew of Black Nativity! #blacknativityboston #happyholidays

A big THANK YOU to all who attended our shows and helped bring our 48th year together! It has been another fantastically...
12/24/2018

A big THANK YOU to all who attended our shows and helped bring our 48th year together! It has been another fantastically successful season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity - hope to see you next year! #blacknativityboston

It's showtime! This afternoon's matinee concludes our 48th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity at Emerson College'...
12/23/2018

It's showtime! This afternoon's matinee concludes our 48th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity at Emerson College's Paramount Center. #blacknativityboston

Great shot of some of our cast! This afternoon was another great performance at Emerson College's Paramount Center, and ...
12/23/2018

Great shot of some of our cast! This afternoon was another great performance at Emerson College's Paramount Center, and still one more to go today! A few tickets still remain at blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

We've got only 3 performances left of this holiday season, two today and one final show tomorrow. If you haven't joined ...
12/22/2018

We've got only 3 performances left of this holiday season, two today and one final show tomorrow. If you haven't joined us yet, there's still time to get your tickets to one of the most joyous holiday celebrations in Boston - get your tickets at www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

It's curtain call for the final weekend of shows of our 48th season! It's been a spectacular season so far, and we look ...
12/22/2018

It's curtain call for the final weekend of shows of our 48th season! It's been a spectacular season so far, and we look forward to those joining us at Emerson College's Paramount Center. Tickets still available blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

"When I leave here, the body of my work will be all these wonderful people out there in the world, doing great things." ...
12/20/2018

"When I leave here, the body of my work will be all these wonderful people out there in the world, doing great things." - Dr. Elma Lewis, Founder, NCAAA #blacknativityboston

This afternoon's matinee concludes our second weekend of 48th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity - but there's st...
12/16/2018

This afternoon's matinee concludes our second weekend of 48th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity - but there's still time to join us for our third and final weekend. Tickets: www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

Thanks to all who have joined us this weekend so far for our 48th year! We have had a fantastic time celebrating the hol...
12/15/2018

Thanks to all who have joined us this weekend so far for our 48th year! We have had a fantastic time celebrating the holiday season with you. Onwards to our next show this evening! #blacknativityboston

We've got two shows today at Emerson College's Paramount Center! Do you have your tickets yet? blacknativity.org #blackn...
12/15/2018

We've got two shows today at Emerson College's Paramount Center! Do you have your tickets yet? blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

It's SHOWTIME for our second weekend of the 48th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! We've got another four perfo...
12/15/2018

It's SHOWTIME for our second weekend of the 48th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! We've got another four performances this weekend beginning tonight. Tickets blacknativityboston.org #blacknativityboston

When Black Nativity was performed in Italy, a critic noted, "Sophisticated Italian audiences greeted Black Nativity with...
12/13/2018

When Black Nativity was performed in Italy, a critic noted, "Sophisticated Italian audiences greeted Black Nativity with enthusiasm, taking part in the singing and hand clapping and insisting on curtain call after curtain call." See the beloved production live this month at Emerson College's Paramount Center! blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

How sweet and adorable is our Baby Jesus from last year's production! #blacknativityboston
12/12/2018

How sweet and adorable is our Baby Jesus from last year's production! #blacknativityboston

12/12/2018
WGBH News

Be sure to catch Barry, Executive Director of The National Center of Afro-American Artists, today on with WGBH LIVE at Boston Public Library!

Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc.

Join us this Wednesday as we enjoy some of Boston's most beloved holiday traditions. You can see WGBH News Morning Edition host Joe Mathieu live at our Boston Public Library studios today at noon, or stream the show live here on Facebook.

Our guests for this Inside Boston:
Holiday Pops! Conductor Keith Lockhart
Edmund “Barry” Gaither, Executive Director of The National Center of Afro-American Artists on "Black Nativity."
Katharine Steeger, Membership Services Director of The Skating Club of Boston on skating on the Frog Pond
And bringing us to the ballet, Mischa Santora, Music Director of The Nutcracker.

12/12/2018
Neighborhood Network News

If you've seen Black Nativity before, you've never seen this one! 48 years in the running. Edmund Barry Gaither Milton Wright

Tonight's segment with Edmund Barry Gaither of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) and Milton Wright about this year's production of Black Nativity Boston.

What a spectacular opening weekend for Black Nativity. For those who joined us, we hope you enjoyed celebrating the holi...
12/10/2018

What a spectacular opening weekend for Black Nativity. For those who joined us, we hope you enjoyed celebrating the holidays with us! If you couldn't make it, tickets are still available at www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

Today's matinee concludes our first weekend of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, but there's still time to join us for tw...
12/09/2018

Today's matinee concludes our first weekend of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, but there's still time to join us for two more weekends! Join us for this unforgettable holiday celebration. Tickets: www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

Another excellent show this afternoon and one more to go tonight, we hope you can join us! Tickets at blacknativity.org ...
12/09/2018

Another excellent show this afternoon and one more to go tonight, we hope you can join us! Tickets at blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

Our first weekend of Black Nativity continues! Will we see you at our afternoon or evening performances today? Tickets s...
12/08/2018

Our first weekend of Black Nativity continues! Will we see you at our afternoon or evening performances today? Tickets still available at blacknativity.org. #blacknativityboston

It's SHOWTIME! Tonight is opening night for Langston Hughes' Black Nativity at Emerson College's Paramount Center. A few...
12/07/2018

It's SHOWTIME! Tonight is opening night for Langston Hughes' Black Nativity at Emerson College's Paramount Center. A few tickets remain, hope you can join us! www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

Throwing it back this Thursday to a photo from our 2016 performance. TOMORROW begins our 48th year, we can't wait to cel...
12/06/2018

Throwing it back this Thursday to a photo from our 2016 performance. TOMORROW begins our 48th year, we can't wait to celebrate the holidays with you! Tickets still available at www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

Great photo of some of the lovely voices of our cast! You won't want to miss the Voices and Children of Black Persuasion...
12/05/2018

Great photo of some of the lovely voices of our cast! You won't want to miss the Voices and Children of Black Persuasion - join us this holiday season at Emerson College's Paramount Center for Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! #blacknativityboston

Did you know Langston Hughes' Black Nativity was performed at the Festival of Two Worlds at Spoleto, Italy? Word goes it...
12/03/2018

Did you know Langston Hughes' Black Nativity was performed at the Festival of Two Worlds at Spoleto, Italy? Word goes it caused a sensation!

We're just FIVE DAYS away from showtime at the Paramount Center at Emerson College! Do you have your tickets yet? blackn...
12/02/2018

We're just FIVE DAYS away from showtime at the Paramount Center at Emerson College! Do you have your tickets yet? blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

ONE WEEK remains until our first show at The Paramount Center at Emerson College! Hope you can join us for an evening of...
11/30/2018

ONE WEEK remains until our first show at The Paramount Center at Emerson College! Hope you can join us for an evening of song, dance, and holiday spirit! Tickets available at blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

A lively shot from our 2016 production. We're almost a week away from showtime, join us for our 48th year of Langston Hu...
11/29/2018

A lively shot from our 2016 production. We're almost a week away from showtime, join us for our 48th year of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity. Tickets at blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston #throwbackthursday

Thank You to all who participated in #GivingTuesday! Giving Tuesday may be over, but our fundraising efforts will contin...
11/28/2018

Thank You to all who participated in #GivingTuesday! Giving Tuesday may be over, but our fundraising efforts will continue on the momentum you have helped create. Please help us spread the news about the 48th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity.

Invite your family and friends to celebrate with us at our Annual Gala Reception and Fine Arts Auction on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at DLA Piper. Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2SiP6F0

The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA), who produces our show, was founded by Dr. Elma Lewis. A native of ...
11/27/2018

The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA), who produces our show, was founded by Dr. Elma Lewis. A native of Boston, she was one of the first recipients of a MacArthur Fellows Grant in 1981, and received a Presidential Medal for the Arts by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. #blacknativityboston

Happy #GivingTuesday from all of us at Black Natiivty! We appreciate your consideration as part of your holiday giving. ...
11/27/2018

Happy #GivingTuesday from all of us at Black Natiivty! We appreciate your consideration as part of your holiday giving. Your contribution helps us sustain this beloved #Boston tradition for generations to come. Donate today: http://bit.ly/2ABRJeb

Don't forget: Black Nativity will be participating in Giving Tuesday! Please consider us as part of your holiday giving ...
11/26/2018

Don't forget: Black Nativity will be participating in Giving Tuesday! Please consider us as part of your holiday giving to help keep this vital part of culture thriving in Boston. Stay tuned for more details tomorrow! #givingtuesday

We're just a month away from Christmas! Have you made your holiday plans yet? Join us for an evening filled with the hol...
11/25/2018

We're just a month away from Christmas! Have you made your holiday plans yet? Join us for an evening filled with the holiday spirit with Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, coming to Emerson College's Paramount Center! #blacknativityboston

This was taken several years ago at one of our earlier productions. We can't believe we're reaching 48 years with this y...
11/22/2018

This was taken several years ago at one of our earlier productions. We can't believe we're reaching 48 years with this year's production! Hope you can join us. Tickets at blacknativity.org. #blacknativityboston #throwbackthursday

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving, from the entire cast and crew of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! #happythanksgiv...
11/22/2018

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving, from the entire cast and crew of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! #happythanksgiving #blacknativityboston

Less than TWO WEEKS until showtime! Do you have your tickets yet? blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
11/21/2018

Less than TWO WEEKS until showtime! Do you have your tickets yet? blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

11/20/2018

This show is a must see!👀👀

Black Nativity will be participating in Giving Tuesday! Please consider us as part of your holiday giving to help keep t...
11/20/2018

Black Nativity will be participating in Giving Tuesday! Please consider us as part of your holiday giving to help keep this vital part of culture thriving in Boston! More details to follow, but consider this a "save the date" for Tuesday 11/27 #givingtuesday

Did you know the NCAAA, who produces our show, has a museum? The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists,...
11/19/2018

Did you know the NCAAA, who produces our show, has a museum? The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc. was founded in 1969? It was relocated to its current location in #Roxbury in 1980. #blacknativityboston

Only TWO DAYS remain to enter for your chance to win FREE tickets to our show! Enjoy a night out in #Boston with one of ...
11/18/2018

Only TWO DAYS remain to enter for your chance to win FREE tickets to our show! Enjoy a night out in #Boston with one of our performances and dinner at Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale. Info below.

Win a night out in #Boston with Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity! Enter to win (2) FREE tickets to our 12/21 performance at 8:00pm PLUS dinner at Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale (up to $50 value). All you have to do is “Like” this post and comment a random number 1-2000 below! A random number will be selected and the participant who has the closest number wins! Contest ends 11/20/18. Full rules and guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D79g0o

Dance is as much a vital part of our program as is song. Thanks to the extraordinary talent and grace of our cast, Black...
11/17/2018

Dance is as much a vital part of our program as is song. Thanks to the extraordinary talent and grace of our cast, Black Nativity is filled with lively dance numbers that evoke the holiday spirit! Tickets available at blacknativity.org. #blacknativityboston

Black Nativity wouldn't be the same without the Children of Black Persuasion, who have been a part of our program for ye...
11/15/2018

Black Nativity wouldn't be the same without the Children of Black Persuasion, who have been a part of our program for years. This is a shot from a production several years ago. Don't miss their incredible talent coming to the Paramount Center at Emerson College in December! Tickets blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston #throwbackthursday

Win FREE tickets to see Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! Entry information below. Contest ends in less than a week, so d...
11/15/2018

Win FREE tickets to see Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! Entry information below. Contest ends in less than a week, so don't delay! #blacknativityboston

Win a night out in #Boston with Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity! Enter to win (2) FREE tickets to our 12/21 performance at 8:00pm PLUS dinner at Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale (up to $50 value). All you have to do is “Like” this post and comment a random number 1-2000 below! A random number will be selected and the participant who has the closest number wins! Contest ends 11/20/18. Full rules and guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D79g0o

Before publishing Black Nativity in 1961, playwright, poet, and author Langston Hughes was first published in 1921. Come...
11/13/2018

Before publishing Black Nativity in 1961, playwright, poet, and author Langston Hughes was first published in 1921. Come see one of his most renowned works live at Emerson College's Paramount Center in December! Tickets blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

Did you know this is our 48th year of production? We're the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langs...
11/12/2018

Did you know this is our 48th year of production? We're the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ song-play in the world! Join us in December, tickets are available at blacknativity.org. #blacknativityboston

If you haven't entered already, don't miss your chance to win FREE tickets to our show! Info in the post below. #blackna...
11/12/2018

If you haven't entered already, don't miss your chance to win FREE tickets to our show! Info in the post below. #blacknativityboston

Win a night out in #Boston with Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity! Enter to win (2) FREE tickets to our 12/21 performance at 8:00pm PLUS dinner at Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale (up to $50 value). All you have to do is “Like” this post and comment a random number 1-2000 below! A random number will be selected and the participant who has the closest number wins! Contest ends 11/20/18. Full rules and guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D79g0o

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