Father Pratt portrays Wise Man in ‘Black Nativity’

December 20, 2023 | Boston Pilot

By Wes Cipolla | Pilot Staff

BOSTON — Father Oscar Pratt was finally ready to step into the limelight.

For years, Father Pratt, pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Roxbury, wanted to participate in a production of “Black Nativity” in Boston. The Roxbury-based National Center of Afro-American Artists has performed Langston Hughes’s “song-play,” which retells the Nativity story with gospel music and an all-Black cast, for 53 straight years.

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