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Kids in third grade and below participated in the Carthage Courtesy Club MLK day coloring contest in 2020.

The Carthage Courtesy Club has decided to cancel its annual MLK Day celebration because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I don’t think we have missed a MLK celebration since the club started sponsoring them back in the ‘90s”, said resident Felita Ewins. “It is important right now that everyone stay safe during this pandemic. There will be time later for us to gather and honor all of the selfless acts that Dr. King performed during his lifetime.”

Ewins said some of things King fought for, including jobs and equality for all, “are still, unfortunately, issues that we still fight for today.”

“One lesson that we can take from his teachings is to do things as peaceful as possible,” she said. “As we approach the MLK holiday, lets try to keep in mind something that Dr. King tried to do, that is Galatians 6:10 (a). So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone... Everyone have a safe holiday, and remember to protect yourself and others by social distancing and wearing a mask when out in the public.”

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Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.