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 14, 2017
'Where there's a need, there's a Lion'
'Where there's a need, there's a Lion'

On Monday, June 5, the Collinsville Lions Club invited me to sit in on their meeting at the Collinsville Public Library. Having never been to a Lions Club meeting, I knew very little about them other than the fact that they collected glasses for refurbishing purposes.

By Whitney Sutton
June 9, 2017
A New Vision for Amelia Love Johnson High School
A New Vision for Amelia Love Johnson High School

Amelia Love Johnson High School, also known as ALJ High School, is the only school in Thomaston. The kindergarten through 12th grade school is one of three schools in the Marengo County School system. There are approximately 1,000 students in the Marengo County school system with about 180 students attending the Thomaston school.

By Magnolia Wilson
June 9, 2017
Happy Birthday, Alabama
Happy Birthday, Alabama

In 2019, Alabama will turn 200 years old. It’s an event to be celebrated and an opportunity to spark a conversation about the history and culture of our state. Between the years of 2017 and 2019, the Alabama 200 organization aims to support, create and execute events and activities that commemorate the stories of the people, place, and path to statehood.

By Whitney Sutton
June 6, 2017
Rockin' the River Festival 2017
Rockin' the River Festival 2017

The 3rd annual Rockin’ the River Festival took place this past weekend in downtown Elba. The event is always held on the closest Saturday to the 154th day of the year, which is also length of the Pea River in miles that runs through the heart of downtown. The community came out and enjoyed vendors, good food, live music and the classic Rubber Duck Race.

By Emily Vick
June 5, 2017
Meet Me at Jack's
Meet Me at Jack's

Everyone has a story for how they met their best friend, whether at school, work or church. For Doris Ragan, 79, and Carolyn Morgan, 67, that place is Jack’s restaurant where the two met five years ago. Although many may not find their best friend at a fast food restaurant, that is exactly what Morgan, a hostess at Jack’s for the past 12 years, and Ragan did.

By Whitney Sutton