On December 11, 1961, Langston Hughes’ groundbreaking musical play “Black Nativity” premiered on Broadway, marking a significant retelling of the timeless Christmas story. The innovative production featured a fusion of traditional Christmas carols delivered in the vibrant style of American gospel music, alongside original songs crafted specifically for the play.
Hughes, born in 1902, stood as an esteemed American poet, columnist, playwright, novelist, and social activist. He played a pivotal role in shaping the literary genre of “jazz poetry” and remains renowned for his influential contribution to the Harlem Renaissance.
His legacy endured beyond his passing in 1967, leaving a mark on American literature and cultural expression.