Boston's National Center for Afro-American Artists' production of Black Nativity is the longest running performance of Langston Hughes' play in the world. This legendary Christmas event is Boston's Black community's Christmas gift to the world! A theatrical wonderment with a joyous company of 160 singers, including a children's choir and a live "baby Jesus." The actors, dancers and musicians deliver a powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. Langston Hughes (1902-1967) wrote Black Nativity in 1961. Hughes, a multi-faceted writer of poetry, fiction, plays, essays, libretti for opera and Broadway musicals, is the most celebrated poet of the Harlem Renaissance and was the first African American writer to use jazz and the blues as a basis for literary style.