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 29, 2019
Camden celebrates Juneteenth
Camden celebrates Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States with events held across the nation on June 19. The celebration in Camden was the third year of this local family friendly and educational Juneteenth event.  A large crowd gather for festivities that included music, guest speakers and food.

By Laura Thompson
June 28, 2019
Elba set to celebrate Fourth of July
Elba set to celebrate Fourth of July

John Adams wrote that the signing of the Declaration "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." The city of Elba is doing its best to honor Adams' wishes and deliver a Fourth of July celebration with all the pomp and parade it can muster.            

By Jack West
June 28, 2019
Meals on Wheels trip opens eyes
Meals on Wheels trip opens eyes

The presence of food seems to be everywhere I go in Elba, whether that's a Chamber of Commerce meeting, church service or at the Giving Garden. I recently had an opportunity to explore another food service in Elba, one that delivers hot meals to people all over the community, when I joined up with the Meals on Wheels Team at the Elba Church of Christ.

By Whitt Watts
June 27, 2019
Savage works tirelessly to preserve Washington County history
Savage works tirelessly to preserve Washington County history

Savage is a Leroy, Alabama, native whose involvement in history-related projects began several years ago when she joined the Washington County Museum Board. Savage then started her own research on African American history in the area.

By Melissa Dennis
June 26, 2019
Reading program celebrates Bicentennial
Reading program celebrates Bicentennial

Children participating in the Collinsville Public Library summer reading program are celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial every Tuesday in June.