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"Black Nativity: A Gospel Song/Play" by Langston Hughes

  • Location
    JustGoods Fair Trade Store (12/10) and Ethnic Heritage Museum (12/16)
    Rockford, IL
  • Phone
    (815) 877-6582 or (815) 962-7402
  • Date
    December 10, 2018 - December 16, 2018
  • Time
    Monday, Dec. 10, 6:30pm | Sunday Dec. 16, 2:00pm
  • Price
    Free admission
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“Black Nativity: A Gospel Song/Play” by Langston Hughes will be performed by Rockford’s Readers Theatre on two dates at two locations:

Monday, December 10, 2018, 6:30pm - JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh Street
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00pm - Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 South Main Street"

Langston Hughes, the distinguished poet and playwright, in his “Black Nativity,” drew upon his vast knowledge of African American crossover of 1950s gospel, folk music and lore to create a vivid and personal telling of the birth of Jesus. Using dialogue, Christmas spirituals and gospel songs, his song/play taps a treasury of specifically African American materials and gives a fresh and wholesome new approach to the Bible’s best-loved story.

Included in this performance, a Kwanzaa “First Fruits” Celebration, which is an African harvest ritual, will be shared.  It is a seven-day tradition from December 6 to January 1  that pays homage to our age-old legacy of humanistic ethics and our strong sense of human values.

Adapted and directed by Dorothy Paige-Turner, some of Rockford’s most talented actors, singers and musicians will present this piece at the two venues. The performances are made possible by a City Arts Action Grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council, sponsored by Rockford Urban Ministries, Just Goods Fair Trade Store and Tommy Meeks. It is FREE to the public and is appropriate for all ages.

For more information, call 815/877-6582 (Readers Theater) or 815/962-7402 (Ethnic Heritage Museum).


Subarea:Rockford Southeast and Rockford Southwest

"Black Nativity: A Gospel Song/Play" by Langston Hughes
  • December 10, 2018 - December 16, 2018
  • JustGoods Fair Trade Store (12/10) and Ethnic Heritage Museum (12/16)
  • Free admission