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 in 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.

Students interested in applying for Summer 2023 can apply at aub.ie/livingdemocracyapp or contact Brittany Branyon at branyba@auburn.edu.  

July 9, 2021
L&B Fun Place Restaurant serves up soul food
L&B Fun Place Restaurant serves up soul food

In the aluminum foil pan sits hand-battered chicken breasts, fried golden brown and smothered in gravy. Nearby dishes of caramelized baked apples inside a crisp crust and baked and chopped sweet potatoes coated with brown sugar and butter are ready to serve.   

By Laney Mayfield
July 6, 2021
My first July 4th in America more than special
My first July 4th in America more than special

My very first July 4th celebration in America was a memorable one. I will never forget this Fourth of July experience, and I will be forever grateful to Elba for showing me how to celebrate Independence Day and how to bring a town together.

By Oquendo Bernard
July 1, 2021
Love built Summerlyn Memorial Park
Love built Summerlyn Memorial Park

Summerlyn Memorial Park at Old Samson Road and Davis Street is an outdoor park on the banks of the Pea River in Elba, Alabama.

By Oquendo Bernard
June 30, 2021
Gov. Ivey comes home to celebrate new T-Pier and big fishing tournament
Gov. Ivey comes home to celebrate new T-Pier and big fishing tournament

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 27, Governor Kay Ivey came back to her hometown of Camden to cut the ribbon on Roland Cooper State Park's new 160 foot long and 128 feet wide T-Pier that provides boaters greater access to the Alabama River.

By Lauren Landers
June 29, 2021
Elba's Giving Garden gives back to the community
Elba's Giving Garden gives back to the community

Auburn University’s Oquendo Bernard is harvesting good things during his summer of Living Democracy in Elba.