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October 18, 2018
From Georgia to Peru: Taryn Wilson
From Georgia to Peru: Taryn Wilson

Remembering her favorite experience from the summer of 2013 when she lived in Selma as a Living Democracy student, Taryn Wilson recounted going to a home with great significance to the civil rights movement. Wilson and another Living Democracy student visited Richie Jean Jackson’s home to purchase one of her books and have it signed, also convincing her to give them a tour of her home, a historic meeting place for influential leaders of the movement.

By April Garrett
October 9, 2018
From Alabama to Ireland: Lowery McNeal
From Alabama to Ireland: Lowery McNeal

McNeal was a participant in Living Democracy a year before her graduation with a bachelor’s degree in history. Her summer in Selma was a perfect connection between her major and her minor, community and civic engagement. She was able to apply her knowledge and research ability to a community she was living in for ten weeks.

By April Garrett
August 11, 2015
Selma Motivates Parker to Carry Lessons Forward
Selma Motivates Parker to Carry Lessons Forward

As I reminisce on my summer, I owe it to Selma that I am now more comfortable and motivated to do community work in my hometown or any other place I may learn to call home. For 10 weeks I was compelled to drift away from my comfort zone and adapt to a new environment and way of life.

By Illyshia Parker
July 28, 2015
Building Bridges Across Divisions Can Help Selma Reach Goal of Unity
Building Bridges Across Divisions Can Help Selma Reach Goal of Unity

Selma is in a process of redefining who she was meant to be. Unity is a universal desire amongst citizen leaders and agencies in the community.  But what will it take to get the people on one accord? Racial tensions have openly plagued the city’s past from the Civil War through the Civil Rights battles later. 

By Illyshia Parker
July 15, 2015
Cultivating New Life in Bogue Chitto
Cultivating New Life in Bogue Chitto

Imagine living in a community that didn’t have its own schools, medical facility, service station, or dining options. Bogue Chitto is one of those communities. The small residential hub in rural Dallas County is about 20 miles west of Selma.  County Road 3 runs straight through the community and out into nearby Orrville.

By Illyshia Parker

Last Updated: July 24, 2018