Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2019

August 21, 2014
Magazine Launch
Magazine Launch

Stories from Collinsville, Elba, Linden and Selma are featured in the first issue of Living Democracy, a magazine that captures the spirit of these diverse Alabama communities.

By Professor Nan Fairley
August 12, 2014
Auburn Creed Connects to Summer in Selma
Auburn Creed Connects to Summer in Selma

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work… The Living Democracy experience requires a lot from participants – time, energy, thought, patience, creativity, commitment, and definitely hard work.

By Lowery McNeal
July 15, 2014
Selma City Council Meetings Engage, Inform
Selma City Council Meetings Engage, Inform

Selma is one of the most historic cities in Alabama. It is also, unfortunately, facing many present-day struggles that threaten the future prosperity of Selma’s citizens. The elected leaders charged with addressing the issues and maintaining this great city are Mayor George Evans, and the city council, which is made up of president Corey Bowie, Dr. Cecil Williamson, Susan Keith, Greg Bjelke, Angela Benjamin, Sam Randolph, Rev. Benny Tucker, Bennie Ruth Crenshaw, and Michael Johnson.

By Lowery McNeal
July 11, 2014
Poverty Biggest Problem Facing Selma, Black Belt
Poverty Biggest Problem Facing Selma, Black Belt

Selma is known to many as the Queen City of the Black Belt. This stately designation was given to the city because of its leading role in the history of the region. Selma led the area through lucrative farming years (in the mid 1800’s, Dallas County was the 4th richest area in the country), industrialization, social and political events.

By Lowery McNeal
July 3, 2014
Role in “Selma” Transports Extra to Another Time
Role in “Selma” Transports Extra to Another Time

This past week, I stood in front of Alabama’s Capitol building and listened to Martin Luther King Jr. deliver a roaring speech on voting rights.  Women with beehive hairdos and cat-eye glasses and men sporting skinny ties and penny loafers surrounded me. Anyone would have believed it was 1965 all over again.

By Lowery McNeal

Last Updated: April 04, 2019