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.  

July 21, 2016
Democracy is alive and well in Collinsville
Democracy is alive and well in Collinsville

Here I am after ten weeks of living democracy in Collinsville. When I joined the 2016 Living Democracy team, I was so excited. I was even more excited when I learned my community for the summer would be the town of Collinsville. 

By Madison Chamblee
July 21, 2016
Elba's warmth makes Whitten's summer special
Elba's warmth makes Whitten's summer special

Living democracy in Elba, Alabama, has been an amazing experience for me. There are many things I'll miss such as hanging out at the Chapman household, helping at Just Folk coffeehouse, and eating at the Rabbit Hole restaurant.

By Randy Whitten
July 20, 2016
Phillips puts love of history to work at museum
Phillips puts love of history to work at museum

For the past 11 years, Phillips has devoted his energy and passion to keeping history alive by directing Roanoke’s museum. A life-long history lover, Phillips said he believes he fills an important role in the community.

By Weston Sims
July 20, 2016
Rabbit Hole success is sign of hope in Elba
Rabbit Hole success is sign of hope in Elba

One of the most creative businesses, the Rabbit Hole, is proving to be a local favorite. Located on the historic town square, this restaurant features aesthetically pleasing décor throughout as well as stained-glass windows. A narrow hallway leads out back to a deck where customers can gather.

By Randy Whitten
July 19, 2016
First Baptist Linden offers warm Wednesday welcome
First Baptist Linden offers warm Wednesday welcome

First Baptist in Linden is home to the town’s largest African American congregation. The church has services on Sundays. On Wednesday, First Baptist also hosts a Bible study program. I was fortunate to be invited to attend a Wednesday evening program by Dr. Walter Davis.

By Hamilton Wasnick