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 19, 2016
Cricket Theatre marquee lighting brings community together
Cricket Theatre marquee lighting brings community together

The Collinsville Historical Association hosted a memorable ceremony to mark the initial lighting of the completely refurbished and recently re-installed neon marquee on Collinsville’s historic Cricket Theatre.

By Madison Chamblee
July 13, 2016
Roanoke Rotary Club supports 'crowning jewel' on Main Street
Roanoke Rotary Club supports 'crowning jewel' on Main Street

Roanoke’s Rotary Club meets every Thursday to discuss projects over lunch. I attended a weekly meeting in the basement of the Main Street Baptist Church. During the meeting, Rotarian Tina Leath announced a multitude of events the Rotary Club will be facilitating in the coming months.

By Weston Sims
July 12, 2016
Community Swap Meet is Saturday in Elba
Community Swap Meet is Saturday in Elba

Bring goods and services you'd like to share and you'll be able to barter, give away, or sell your offerings to others at the Community Swap Meet on Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. in front of the mural by the Rabbit Hole in Elba.

By Randy Whitten
July 11, 2016
Graves Hardware is fixture in downtown Collinsville
Graves Hardware is fixture in downtown Collinsville

Graves Hardware store has been a part of Collinsville’s history for decades.  Store employee Thomas Barksdale, describing the store as “the soul of the community”, said Graves Hardware has been in Collinsville for 85 years and is currently operated by the third generation of Graves.

By Madison Chamblee
July 11, 2016
Roanoke City Council works as a team
Roanoke City Council works as a team

In 2016, four polo-shirt wearing men and one woman with red glasses sit ready for a recent meeting of the Roanoke City Council. All members of the Council are present for this meeting except for Mike Parmer, who is absent due to sickness.

By Weston Sims