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 8, 2018
"Kayla: This is Me Now"
"Kayla: This is Me Now"

Maya Angelou said it best. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Telling her story was the original goal for 18-year-old Kayla Wyckoff, a Camp Hill native. She hoped by recounting her experiences of guardian insecurity, unconditional love, and personal growth through song, others facing similar situations might be helped.

By Daphney Portis
June 8, 2018
Elba City Council takes care of business
Elba City Council takes care of business

During my first week of Living Democracy in Elba, I attended the Elba City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 29. Attending this meeting gave me an understanding of how the Council conducts its meetings and how the city operates as a local government. I saw the passion these elected officials have for their city as they addressed various issues. 

By Pearce Miller
June 6, 2018
Whirlwind Farms Practices Sustainable Agriculture
Whirlwind Farms Practices Sustainable Agriculture

When I arrive at Whirlwind Farms in Geraldine, owned by Dove and Russell Stackhouse, I am greeted by bright green fields of crops and two large farm dogs eagerly awaiting a visitor. The Stackhouses have lived and farmed on a 15-acre plot since 2010. They cultivate seven acres of open land surrounded by eight acres of woods. 

By Erin Blythe
June 1, 2018
Anderson comes home from New York City, opens Shoe Shop museum
Anderson comes home from New York City, opens Shoe Shop museum

The first time I met Mrs. Betty Anderson was in Black Belt Treasures in Camden. She stopped and introduced herself. Anderson has a smile that lights up her whole face, the kind that makes you grin from ear to ear as well. I was told long before I began my summer of “Living Democracy” in Camden that I needed to visit with her and hear her story, so I did. 

By Laura Agee
May 31, 2018
Special Concert Marks Progress for Cricket Theatre
Special Concert Marks Progress for Cricket Theatre

One ornate fixture immediately jumps out in the night sky above Main Street in Collinsville. The Cricket Theatre marquee, restored in 2016, is a bright beacon to newcomers driving into Collinsville at night. On May 26, 2018, hundreds of Collinsville residents lined up under the fluorescent sign to see The Primitive Quartet, with special guest The Baileys, perform.

By Erin Blythe