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 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.

June 25, 2019
Camp helps Elba children EXCEL
Camp helps Elba children EXCEL

"Yes, I can," said a group of kids in unison. "Yes, I will. Yes, watch me excel." This is the motto of Elba's Camp E.X.C.E.L., a summer camp put on by the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

By Jack West
June 24, 2019
Dorsey Trailer remains key to Elba economy after more than century
Dorsey Trailer remains key to Elba economy after more than century

Elba is a town with a rich history built by locals who have lived their whole life in the city and businesses that help the community thrive.  A key part of the economy is Dorsey Trailer, a company with roots in the community that date back to the turn of the 20th Century.

By Whitt Watts
June 20, 2019
Stokes recalls record-breaking adventure
Stokes recalls record-breaking adventure

As the registration time to purchase an alligator hunting tag is open until July 10, a Thomaston woman, Mandy Stokes, who made history with her catch of the world record alligator in 2014, is looking back on her own amazing adventure.

By Laura Thompson
June 19, 2019
Jake's Family Restaurant serves up more than food
Jake's Family Restaurant serves up more than food

In rural areas, it is common to find a place where people gather informally to discuss things that are going on both in the community and the world at large. For the residents of Chatom, Alabama, that place is Jake’s Family Restaurant.

By Melissa Dennis