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Living Democracy 2019

June 8, 2015
Selma Council Commends Robodog Inventors
Selma Council Commends Robodog Inventors

Governmental bodies don’t always see eye-to-eye on the actions they should take when making important decisions. More often than not, they opt to agree to disagree. Otherwise, progress would be at a stalemate. The Selma City Council is no exception. 

By Illyshia Parker
May 28, 2015
What's in a Name?
What's in a Name?

Today, the city of Selma faces opposing perspectives when it comes to the significance of one name in particular. The boldfaced letters dripping tears of rust on the archway of the city’s entrance has one group answering the famous Shakespearean query. In February of this year, Students UNITE, a civil rights and advocacy organization for ages 16 to 25, started a petition to change the name of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

By Illyshia Parker
May 26, 2015
Auburn University Student Begins Work in Selma
Auburn University Student Begins Work in Selma

Auburn University journalism major Illyshia Parker is living and working in Selma for ten weeks this summer as part of Auburn’s Living Democracy initiative.  She will be working with community partner Callie Nelson, Dallas County Extension Coordinator, on a variety of civic efforts. 

May 12, 2015
Youth Come Together to Discuss Selma’s Future
Youth Come Together to Discuss Selma’s Future

Student representatives from high schools in Selma and Dallas County concluded that more opportunities to do things together would be a step in the right direction for their community. A group of 24 students from area high schools participated in the “Strengthening Selma’s Future” forum on Friday, April 17.

By Illyshia Parker
March 17, 2015
Selma Connections Continue for McNeal
Selma Connections Continue for McNeal

While most college students return to campus after summer breaks with stories about earning extra cash and vacations, Lowery McNeal, a senior history major at Auburn University, returned with an Oscar-nominated memory of her summer.

By Illyshia Parker

Last Updated: April 04, 2019