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 3, 2019
Elba city clerk sees bright future for town
Elba city clerk sees bright future for town

Sally Bane, the city clerk of Elba, has spent most of her professional life in some kind of public service. "My long-term goals for the city," she said, "would be for us to be a prosperous city where my children are proud of where they grew up, where we all still know each other by name, where people know who we are and know how great our town is."

By Jack West
July 3, 2019
Organizations work together in Washington County
Organizations work together in Washington County

Three Washington County organizations know what it means to serve people and support each other to make a greater impact. These organizations are the Wilcox Gallery, the Arc of Southwest Alabama, and Hope Outdoors.

By Melissa Dennis
July 2, 2019
Ms. Kitty's dishes up comfort food
Ms. Kitty's dishes up comfort food

Life-long Camden resident Veronica M. Wilson, also known as Ms. Kitty, built a booming business “cooking from the heart.” She dishes up Southern staples for lunches that draw a crowd to Ms. Kitty’s.

By Laura Thompson
July 2, 2019
Long journey leads pastor to Collinsville
Long journey leads pastor to Collinsville

In late June 2017, Carol Gullatt moved to Collinsville to begin her job as pastor for the First United Methodist Church. This would be her second appointment to a church and her first full-time position as a pastor.

By Hannah White
July 1, 2019
Dealing with death in a small town
Dealing with death in a small town

Living Democracy is an invitation for students to understand life in a small town. But what about when life ends?  An informal group of people in Elba and Coffee County are dedicated to the care of their fellow citizens who help at the end of life, from the time of death to burial or cremation.

By Jack West