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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 www.ci.chi.il.us/wm/specialevents… 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