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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.  

July 30, 2015
My Night in Night Court
My Night in Night Court

When I began my summer in Roanoke, I never imagined that my Living Democracy experience would involve a stint in court. Thankfully, my vantage point was from the attorney’s table rather than the defendant’s seat. I’ve met so many interesting, kind, and generous people during my summer in Roanoke, and local attorney Kesa Johnston Dunn has been one of my favorites.

By Joy Porter
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 23, 2015
Marengo County Commission Listens to Their Community
Marengo County Commission Listens to Their Community

 

As the country seems to distrust national political figures, it is easy to assume the stance that “politicians are in it for themselves.” Listening and observing this week’s Marengo County Commission meeting, I learned that local politics is the purest example of American democracy. Chairman Fred Armstead called the meeting to order Tuesday morning. 

By Amy Hudson
July 23, 2015
Council Meeting Provides Stage for Good Citizenship
Council Meeting Provides Stage for Good Citizenship

I attended my first city council meeting in Roanoke on July 13. With its meeting time at 6 p.m. right after the end of many people’s working days, I imagined it would be a pretty small crowd. Much to my surprise, as we walked into City Hall ten minutes before the meeting was to start, the council room was almost completely full. 

By Joy Porter
July 22, 2015
Flying Adventure Takes Summer to New Heights
Flying Adventure Takes Summer to New Heights

Jackie Windham is known by almost everyone in Elba. His namesake hardware store is a regular hangout spot that also provides supplies for Elba’s handy folks. He is also known for his planes, which can be seen circling over Elba a few times a week.

By Caroline Allen