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.
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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.

Mission: Boston's Black Nativity, performed by a joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians, is a must-see holiday tradition that delivers a powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. Combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, this song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all.

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Desiree
06/23/2020

Desiree

Still relevant today. Have you explored or read this book? What are your thoughts?

Black Nativity Boston's cover photo
06/18/2020

Black Nativity Boston's cover photo

Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc.
06/18/2020

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

A note from the director: On the will to be free

When Meta Warrick Vaux Fuller (1877-1968) completed Spirit of Emancipation in 1913 in observance of the fifty anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, she offered a bold but cautious vision for black Americans. She visualized women and men who would stride forth in the world exercising their own power and guided by their own agendas. They would not expect others to give them anything, especially not for President Abraham Lincoln to give them freedom. Rather, by their actions and the power of their own volition, they would shape their tomorrows. Even as Fuller expressed these ideas in bronze, she knew there would be those who would strive to stifle black progress and to retard black advancement on every front. She symbolized those racist forces as vestigial limbs that stretched over the emerging freedwoman and freedman threating to pull them back into the darkness. Despite the threat, her freedwoman and freedman escape the violent grip of reactionary forces and strive toward fully realizing themselves—both singly and as a couple. Conceptually, her figures become the parents of successive generations of African Americans who refuse to be quieted and robbed of their potential. The youth in the streets protesting today are their great grand children that have been endowed with the will to resist and the boldness to force change now. These youth demand respect for their humanity and are unafraid of confrontation, because the terms of their survival have demanded surviving violence—especially state violence. I cannot look at Trayvon Martin or Sandra Bland without seeing generations of strong but ordinary black families that have sustained African American communities in cities and rural hamlets across the United States. Their flame of resistance can no longer be quelled by violence and suppression, because at last their fellow Americans have realized that the denial of freedom and agency to black Americans is ultimately the denial of freedom and agency to all Americans. The Spirit of Emancipation must speak to all of us-black, Latino, Asian, white, LGBTQ—if our nation is to become whole and just.

Edmund Barry Gaither
Executive Director
Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists

The Boston Juneteenth Committee and the National Center of Afro-American Artists present the 10th Annual Juneteenth Eman...
06/14/2020

The Boston Juneteenth Committee and the National Center of Afro-American Artists present the 10th Annual Juneteenth Emancipation Observance featuring an address by
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on June 19, 2020 as a virtual gathering. Watch the Juneteenth Observance on Friday, June 19, at 1:00 and 8:00pm on BBN Television, (COMCAST 23), RCN 83, and VERIZON 1960. You may also sign up for tickets via Eventbrite to receive information on links to the online virtual viewing locations of the Boston Juneteenth 2020 Emancipation Observance, BOSTONJUNETEENTH2020.EVENTBRITE.COM

Black Nativity Boston's cover photo
06/12/2020

Black Nativity Boston's cover photo

A note from the director: Deferred No MoreDisregard for black lives cannot stand blocking the way to a new day. That is ...
06/12/2020

A note from the director: Deferred No More

Disregard for black lives cannot stand blocking the way to a new day. That is the lesson each day teaches us as we watch daily protests in the streets. We are harvesting the accumulated anger and disappointment that has festered in black America since its inception. Black men and women fought in the American revolution on both sides seduced by promises of freedom. They fought in the War of 1812 and for the Union in the Civil War. The latter seemed certain to fulfill guarantees of Emancipation and full civic and social participation, especially with the commencement of Reconstruction. Yet what followed was dehumanization, racial discrimination, Jim Crow, social and economic oppression. Black people sought freedom and opportunity everywhere, even by massive migrations, but alas, it could not be reliably found anywhere. Where freedom and opportunity should have been, there was only rejection and violence. Two World wars and a Civil Rights Movement later, it remained clear that black lives did not matter. But now a new generation has come, and it will not accept hopeless, nor will it submit to violence. Full freedom and dignity are now the agenda. Less cannot buy quiet and peace.

In this moment, new hope for change is manifested as the streets fill with young black people and their allies—Asian, Latino, Native American, LGBTQ and white. The alliance now holds more promise than at any time since our nation was born. I hope we have come to the place for which Langston Hughes appealed when he wrote “let America be America to me.” No longer can the dream be deferred.

Edmund Barry Gaither
Executive Director
National Center of Afro-American Artists

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from all of us at Black Nativity! 2020 marks the 50th year of Black Nativity in Boston...
01/01/2020

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from all of us at Black Nativity! 2020 marks the 50th year of Black Nativity in Boston. Beyond our normal shows in December, there will be plenty of events throughout the year! Stay tuned... #blacknativityboston #happynewyear
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Happy Holidays from all the cast and crew of Black Nativity! #blacknativityboston #happyholidays..#blacknativity #boston...
12/25/2019

Happy Holidays from all the cast and crew of Black Nativity! #blacknativityboston #happyholidays
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A big THANK YOU to all who came out and helped bring our 49th year together! It has been another fantastically successfu...
12/23/2019

A big THANK YOU to all who came out and helped bring our 49th year together! It has been another fantastically successful season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity - hope to see you next year for our 50th! #blacknativityboston
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ONE CHANCE LEFT! This afternoon's matinee concludes our 49th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity at Emerson Colleg...
12/22/2019

ONE CHANCE LEFT! This afternoon's matinee concludes our 49th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity at Emerson College's Paramount Center. Already seen it? Come on back for a double dose of holiday cheer! #blacknativityboston
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We've got only 3 performances left in 2019: two today and one final show tomorrow! There's still time to get your ticket...
12/21/2019

We've got only 3 performances left in 2019: two today and one final show tomorrow! 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
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It's curtain call for the final weekend of shows of our 49th season! It's been great so far, and we're looking forward t...
12/20/2019

It's curtain call for the final weekend of shows of our 49th season! It's been great so far, and we're looking forward to seeing you tonight at Emerson College's Paramount Center. Very limited tickets still available blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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Many thanks to The Providence Journal for their kind words! We kick off our final weekend TOMORROW. blacknativity.org
12/19/2019
Glorious 'Black Nativity' in Boston will make spirits soar

Many thanks to The Providence Journal for their kind words! We kick off our final weekend TOMORROW. blacknativity.org

Langston Hughes' gospel song-play retelling of the Nativity story is celebrating its 49th season in the city with an abundantly joyous production at the

Did you know that Alvin Ailey was part of the original Off-Broadway cast? He never performed as he left the show before ...
12/19/2019

Did you know that Alvin Ailey was part of the original Off-Broadway cast? He never performed as he left the show before it started but his influence in choreography can definitely be felt!
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What a phenomenal second weekend! Thanks to all who joined us for our joyous holiday celebrations. We still have 4 perfo...
12/17/2019

What a phenomenal second weekend! Thanks to all who joined us for our joyous holiday celebrations. We still have 4 performances left and only a few tickets remain! Tickets blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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We're halfway done through our 49th year of Black Nativity! Thanks to all who have joined us! We have had a fantastic ti...
12/15/2019

We're halfway done through our 49th year of Black Nativity! Thanks to all who have joined us! We have had a fantastic time and looking forward to seeing you again soon! We've got another show today at 3:30pm if you're looking for a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! #blacknativityboston
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We've got two shows today at Emerson College's Paramount Center at 3:30pm and 8:00pm! Looking for something to do? How a...
12/14/2019

We've got two shows today at Emerson College's Paramount Center at 3:30pm and 8:00pm! Looking for something to do? How about a jaw-dropping holiday extravaganza to put you in the holiday spirit? blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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It's SHOWTIME for our second weekend of the 49th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! We've got another four perfo...
12/13/2019

It's SHOWTIME for our second weekend of the 49th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! We've got another four performances this weekend beginning tonight. Tickets blacknativityboston.org #blacknativityboston
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Did you know that we use a real infant for our Baby Jesus? There's something about the unpredictability of a live baby t...
12/12/2019

Did you know that we use a real infant for our Baby Jesus? There's something about the unpredictability of a live baby that makes the show so much more exciting! If they cry...that's ok...if they laugh...that's ok! It's all part of the show! #blacknativity
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Many thanks to Voice of Reason Boston for having us on the show to talk about our 49th year!
12/12/2019

Many thanks to Voice of Reason Boston for having us on the show to talk about our 49th year!

Black Nativity Boston is in full swing for the holidays as they head into a double header at Emerson College's Paramount Center.
Get your tickets, hope you can join them!www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

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What a great opening weekend! For those who joined us, we hope you enjoyed celebrating the holidays! If you couldn't mak...
12/10/2019

What a great opening weekend! For those who joined us, we hope you enjoyed celebrating the holidays! If you couldn't make it, tickets are still available for the next two weekends at www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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Our first weekend of Black Nativity continues! Will we see you at our matinee today? A few tickets are still available f...
12/08/2019

Our first weekend of Black Nativity continues! Will we see you at our matinee today? A few tickets are still available for the 3:30 show at blacknativity.org. #blacknativityboston
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After a great opening night, we're in full swing for the holidays as we head into a double header at Emerson College's P...
12/07/2019

After a great opening night, we're in full swing for the holidays as we head into a double header at Emerson College's Paramount Center. A few tickets remain, hope you can join us! www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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TONIGHT begins our 49th consecutive year of performances and we can't wait to celebrate the holidays with you! Tickets a...
12/06/2019

TONIGHT begins our 49th consecutive year of performances and we can't wait to celebrate the holidays with you! Tickets are still available at www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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Thanks WBUR 90.9 FM for the pick! If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, head to blacknativity.org to grab yours and jo...
12/05/2019
8 Boston Holiday Shows For New England Newcomers

Thanks WBUR 90.9 FM for the pick! If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, head to blacknativity.org to grab yours and join us for our 49th year!

These activities are great whether you're experiencing your first holiday season in Boston or have been a Bostonian your whole life.

You don't want to miss the this show! Join us this weekend at Emerson College's Paramount Center for Langston Hughes' Bl...
12/05/2019

You don't want to miss the this show! Join us this weekend at Emerson College's Paramount Center for Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! #blacknativityboston
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Many thanks to WGBH for the shoutout! We hope you'll join us for our 49th year. Tickets are still available at blacknati...
12/04/2019
20 Holiday Events Around Boston To Get Excited About

Many thanks to WGBH for the shoutout! We hope you'll join us for our 49th year. Tickets are still available at blacknativity.org.

It's getting cold outside, and Boston and its surrounding areas are making sure there is no shortage of ways to warm up with the holiday spirit. From Santa visits for the kids to spectacular performances and family-friendly tree lightings (yes, more than one), here are 20 festive events to look…

Did you know Langston Hughes' original name for this play was "Wasn’t It a Mighty Day?" We'd love for you to share a day...
12/03/2019

Did you know Langston Hughes' original name for this play was "Wasn’t It a Mighty Day?" We'd love for you to share a day (or night) with us! Tickets still available at blacknatvity.org
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12/03/2019
BNN News

Many thanks to BNN News for having us on the show to talk about our upcoming 49th year.

Edmund Barry Gaither of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) talks about the 49th annual production of Black Nativity Boston, with performances December 6-22 at the Emerson Paramount Center.

We're just FIVE DAYS away from showtime at the Paramount Center at Emerson College! Do you have your tickets yet? blackn...
12/01/2019

We're just FIVE DAYS away from showtime at the Paramount Center at Emerson College! Do you have your tickets yet? blacknativity.org
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ONE WEEK remains until our first show at The Paramount Center at Emerson College! Hope you can join us for an evening of...
11/30/2019

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
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Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity

Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity is the joyous account of an historic event that occurred 2,000 years ago. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, this song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all.

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Still relevant today. Have you explored or read this book? What are your thoughts?
The performances on Friday, December 13th and Sunday, December 15th will be ASL interpreted. Spread the word!
Trying to remember the real meaning of Christmas?
The best way to enter the joy of the Christmas season- Black Nativity.
Why not make plans early to see this years perforrmance?
Saw this amazing production recently;such a moving and joyful show!