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 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
June 30, 2020
Chatom teen speaks out, takes action
Chatom teen speaks out, takes action

Chatom resident Sean Atchison is a teen who works hard for the change he wants to see happen.

By Thomas Chapman
June 26, 2020
Living Democracy student experiences Juneteenth
Living Democracy student experiences Juneteenth

A crowd of hundreds gathered in the Opelika downtown square on Friday, June 19, for an event celebrating a far too often forgotten holiday: Juneteenth.

By Addison Peacock