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 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 6, 2017
Rockin' the River Festival 2017
Rockin' the River Festival 2017

The 3rd annual Rockin’ the River Festival took place this past weekend in downtown Elba. The event is always held on the closest Saturday to the 154th day of the year, which is also length of the Pea River in miles that runs through the heart of downtown. The community came out and enjoyed vendors, good food, live music and the classic Rubber Duck Race.

By Emily Vick
June 5, 2017
Meet Me at Jack's
Meet Me at Jack's

Everyone has a story for how they met their best friend, whether at school, work or church. For Doris Ragan, 79, and Carolyn Morgan, 67, that place is Jack’s restaurant where the two met five years ago. Although many may not find their best friend at a fast food restaurant, that is exactly what Morgan, a hostess at Jack’s for the past 12 years, and Ragan did.

By Whitney Sutton
May 31, 2017
Preserving Heritage with Pepper Jelly
Preserving Heritage with Pepper Jelly

A group of Thomaston women work hard to keep Thomaston on the map by making pepper jelly. Their work preserves the heritage of rural Alabama as they continue a tradition in the Thomaston area. The women gather in the commercial kitchen at the Center to make the pepper jelly known and loved by both natives and visitors.

By Magnolia Wilson
May 31, 2017
Elba comedy night raises money for Main Street
Elba comedy night raises money for Main Street

The Elba Chamber of Commerce put on a Star-Studded Comedy Night to help raise funds for Main Street Elba Thursday, May 25. The Comedy Night, held at the National Security Conference Center, started with dinner followed by a comedy show.  The Star-Studded Comedy Night was a fun-packed show bringing laughs from everyone in attendance.

By Emily Vick
May 23, 2017
Fellowship with First Baptist of Thomaston
Fellowship with First Baptist of Thomaston

First Baptist in Thomaston is one of the few churches in Thomaston with a primarily African American congregation. They have worship services at 11:30 a.m. every first and third Sunday of the month. I decided to attend First Baptist on Sunday, May 21, my first weekend spent in Thomaston.

By Magnolia Wilson