The MLK, Jr., Observance Day Association's annual MLK Freedom Gala will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, beginning with a cocktail hour at 6 pm, dinner and program at 7 pm.The Honorable Hardie Davis, Mayor of Augusta will be the keynote speaker. Mayor Davis is the first African American elected mayor of the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County, GA. Davis, who grew up in Forsyth, GA, and has lived in Augusta since 1985. He was sworn in at his second inauguration on Monday, January 7. Davis holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus. He is founder and senior pastor of Abundant Life Worship Center in Augusta. His public service spans three years as a state representative and five years as a state senator. The special highlight of the evening will be the honoring of the Reverend Southall Brown, Sr., Pastor Emeritus, Humanitarian, Veteran and Visionary for his life's work in the Savannah community. Tickets are $75.