The Windy City gets the spirit with the Chicago Gospel Festival, June 12-14 at Grant Park on the Lakefront (Jackson Ave. and Columbus Dr.). This year’s lineup includes Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond and Kurt Carr. Admission is free. Call 312-744-3315 for a brochure or log onto… The African American recognition of the abolition of slavery in Texas has grown nationwide, and this year June teenth celebrations abound. In San Antonio, where June teenth is a month-long observance, highlights include a Juneteenth Film Festival at St. Philip’s College (June 19-20) and the Music Festival at the Carver Community Cultural Center (June 20). For a schedule of events, call 800-447-3372. In Milwaukee, there’s a street festival on June 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on MLK Drive between Center and Burleigh streets. A Freedom Ball follows on June 20 at the Milwaukee Public Museum (800 W. Wells St.). Tickets are $20 and the dress is formal African garb. For information, call 414-372-3770… Grab that sunscreen and head to St. Kitts for its annual Music Festival, June 25-28 at the Ft. Thomas Hotel. There’s R&B, soca, reggae and gospel music by local and international entertainers. This year’s performers include Hugh Masekela, Maxi Priest and Dennis Brown. Tickets are $23 nightly. Call 800-582-6208.
PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): St. Kitts festival

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