Black Nativity, Christmas Parade, & Messiah

black nativity

The play “Black Nativity” by renowned poet, playwright and social activist Langston Hughes is set to open tonight, Dec. 4, at Rose E. McCoy auditorium.

“Black Nativity” is a gospel song play that tells the Christmas story through gospel song, poetry and dance. It has been called “an uplifting experience the entire family can enjoy. Like large family gatherings, this count-your-blessings evening plays out with contagious spontaneity and joyous imperfection.”

JSU’s Department of Speech Communications and Theater is presenting the play directed by Dr. Mark G. Henderson, chair of the department.

Times are:
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 3 p.m.
Admission is $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 general admission.
Tickets may be picked up beforehand at the box office in the auditorium lobby or online:

christmas parade

The annual Christmas parade is scheduled for noon on Saturday, December 6th in downtown Jackson. Among this year’s parade float judges are Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne, WAPT-TV Reporter Scott Simmons and WLBT Reporter Joy Redmond. The parade’s theme is the “Most Incredible Christmas in the Bold New City.”

The parade will feature Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South, Christmas-themed floats, marching bands, school choirs and more.
“We’re encouraging all Jackson residents to come out and take part in the holiday festivities,” said Mayor Tony Yarber.

For more information, contact Keyshia Sanders, 601-960-1084.


Jackson State University’s Annual Winter Concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. with seasonal favorite “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel.

To be presented at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium, the musical event will be performed by the JSU Chorale and JSU Singers with Willenham Cortez Castilla conducting, and the Jackson State University Choir with Dr. Loretta Galbreath conducting. They will be assisted by the JSU String Ensemble with Rachel Jordan conducting.

Castilla is director of choral activities and Galbreath is assistant director.

Special guests will be the Murrah High School Concert Singers with Pierrdro Gallion conducting and the Lanier High School Concert Choir with Conesha Barron conducting.

The public is invited to this free event sponsored by the JSU College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Music.

For more information, call 601-979-2141.

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