Home page of the Living Democracy program

Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities thorugh the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.  

July 9, 2020
Dekalb County travel takes hit in pandemic
Dekalb County travel takes hit in pandemic

   After decades of moving around the country doing tourism work, John Dersham,  president/CEO of Dekalb County Tourism and resident “nature buff”, ended up in north Alabama.  After discovering his “paradise”, Dersham’s career is focused on telling the world all about the things he loves about the area.

By Addison Peacock
July 7, 2020
Chatom churches offer support, build community
Chatom churches offer support, build community

Communities all have their own way of getting together and building relationships. In Chatom, many find those opportunities and more through local churches. Chatom, which is about 11 square miles, is home to 13 churches. 

By Thomas Chapman
July 2, 2020
Elba Housing Authority adapts to pandemic
Elba Housing Authority adapts to pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Laurie Chapman, executive director of the Elba Housing Authority, and her staff found themselves in a new normal.

By Harrison Carter
July 2, 2020
Outdoor sports reel in new fans, economic benefits
Outdoor sports reel in new fans, economic benefits

The outdoor sports industry in Alabama’s Black Belt continues to flourish as more and more Alabamians head outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Amy Clark
July 1, 2020
Collinsville "pulls together" in COVID-19 response
Collinsville "pulls together" in COVID-19 response

On Saturdays, Melody Chastain gets an early start.  The secretary for Collinsville Trade Day typically starts her Saturday mornings at 4 a.m.

By Addison Peacock