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 in 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.  

June 21, 2021
Elba celebrates their first Juneteenth
Elba celebrates their first Juneteenth

It was a rainy day in Elba, but the Mulberry Heights Coalition group persevered to host the opening ceremony of a Juneteenth celebration at the old high school grounds at Gaines Memorial Park, in the Mulberry Heights community, for the first time in Elba.

By Oquendo Bernard
June 18, 2021
Stitching together a bright future in Camden
Stitching together a bright future in Camden

Samantha Gomez, a Youth Organizer for the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative (SRBWI), saw an opportunity when a member of the executive committee, Sarah Bobrow-Williams, reached out in hopes of starting an extension of the Southern Journeys sewing program in Camden. 

By Lauren Landers
June 17, 2021
Gregory School educators persevered to see students prosper
Gregory School educators persevered to see students prosper

Southern Black educators in the 1900s faced obstacles of racism and discrimination, yet many managed to forge a way through challenging situations.

By Laney Mayfield
June 16, 2021
Elba Public Library checks out summer fun
Elba Public Library checks out summer fun

After a year of little activity due to the pandemic, the staff at the Elba Public Library are excited to continue their annual summer program.

By Oquendo Bernard
June 11, 2021
The Only Doctor In Town: Dr. Harold G. Gressler
The Only Doctor In Town: Dr. Harold G. Gressler

It was a sunny day in 1950 when a 10-year-old Claire Moore played "Tag Your It" before school began. Things took a turn when she collided head-on with a classmate, leaving her with a cut above her right eye.

By Laney Mayfield