Black NativitY


A Reimagined 50th Anniversary Celebration

What's different in 2020?

Black Nativity, a cherished fifty-year tradition in Boston, is again offered as a Christmas gift from the City's Black community to all women and men of "good will." Traditionally produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists as live performances with a cast of more than 75, the show never failed to lift hearts and spirits at Christmas time. This year, due to COVID-19, the NCAAA has reimagined our 50th year and instead offering a special virtual gathering honoring Black Nativity and its history and legacy in Boston. 

The Black nativity 2020 gala

An exciting one-of-a-kind event on December 12, 2020 at 6:00pm supporting the amazing work of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and future performances of Black Nativity. The event features a virtual gala reception, auction, and premiere of Black Nativity: 50 Years of Triumph and Transition.


Tickets are available through the Theatres of Emerson College.

We hope you'll join us!  

black nativity turns 50 

For our 50th anniversary we had intended our biggest and best performance ever...2020 had other plans however. Instead of just skipping this year and reconvening in 2021, we thought we'd take a look back over the past 50 years in a new digital remembrance about how Langston Hughes' songplay has become one of Boston's (and the world's) most beloved holiday offerings. 

This special presentation premieres as part of our 2020 Gala on December 12 at 6:00pm, and then it will be available on demand starting December 13. 

Black Nativity is the retelling of the Nativity story set to a jubilant score of gospel music, dance and narrative. Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show. Originally written by Langston Hughes, the show was first performed off-Broadway in 1961, and was one of the first plays written by an African-American to be staged there. Since 1970, Black Nativity has been performed annually in Boston at various locations, such as the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, Boston Opera House, Tremont Temple, Roxbury Community College, Northeastern's Blackman Auditorium, and presently at Emerson College's Paramount Theater.  The original 160 singers were arranged by age group and vocal range, with an assortment of soloists, along with the narrator, and Mary and Joseph, 





To confirm your sponsorship level, please contact Sandi Bagley or Kafi Meadows, Co-Chairs, Black Nativity 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee:


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