A local Quad Cities choir, The Good News Singers Chorale, will be appearing in Chicago's annual Juneteenth Parade and Celebration on Saturday, June 21, 2008.  In addition to being in the parade, The Good News Singers Chorale will perform a selection of Negro spirituals at the lakefront celebration following the parade.  The Chorale was requested to appear at the event based on previous programs that it has presented that focused on Negro spirituals.  Juneteenth was established in Texas following word of freeing the slaves as a result of the Civil War during the 1860's.  The parade in Chicago on June 21st  will be on Chicago's South Side, starting on 79th and Stony Island, proceeding east on 79th Street to Lake Michigan.  The parade will commence at 10:00 am and conclude at noon.  Celebration will be held on the lakefront immediately following the parade.  The program has traditionally drawn numerous local and national dignitaries, including current presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). The Good News Singers Chorale will also perform a selection of Negro spirituals at the local Quad Cities Juneteenth Celebration, to be held on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 10th and Gaines in Davenport. The Good News Singers Chorale is a community choir that has been in existence for twenty-five years.  Its primary mission has been giving concerts at a number of senior citizen facilities several times a year.  The members of the chorale are from various churches throughout the Quad Cities.  In addition to Negro spirituals, the songs that the Chorale performs focus on faith, love of one's neighbors, and love of country.  The Chorale has also performed at The Mark (I wireless Center), The Col Ballroom, The Rock Island Arsenal, Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts in Rock Island, Miss Iowa Pageant, and other venues in the Quad Cities and the surrounding area.  For further information contact: Tony SconyersGround11@mchsi.com(309)949-2872

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