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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.  

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
August 6, 2014
Summer in Elba Ends with Gratitude
Summer in Elba Ends with Gratitude

Last Sunday marked my final day in Elba with the exception of the Surf’s Up pool party at Hawkins-Williams Park this week. My summer here in Elba has been one to remember—to say the least. I never expected to become so involved with the people of this city that I’d actually become family.  I got a good bit done within three short months, but I could not have scratched the surface if it were not for the support and shared vision of the beautiful citizens of Elba. 

By Jelani Moore
July 30, 2014
Giving Garden Receives Get2gether Grant
Giving Garden Receives Get2gether Grant

Elba’s own Giving Garden was chosen from among hundreds nationwide to receive a 2014 Get 2gether Neighborhood Challenge grant.  The grant is funded by the Center for a New American Dream in partnership with the IOBY, http://www.ioby.org, a crowd-funding network.

By Jelani Moore
July 29, 2014
Summer in Collinsville Brings Unforgettable Gifts
Summer in Collinsville Brings Unforgettable Gifts

I cried the day I had to leave Collinsville. There was not a day during my ten weeks that I looked forward to leaving, and the final week of my internship crept up on me and reality hit hard. Through my tears I told my mom, “I can’t leave here for good. I keep believing I’m just taking a break and I’ll be back.”

By Shaye McCauley