Home page of the Living Democracy program

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.  

June 14, 2017
A Successful Saturday at Thomaston Farmers Market
A Successful Saturday at Thomaston Farmers Market

Sellers of produce, pepper jelly, homemade soap, baked goods and even catfish were happy to see their products sell quickly at the Farmers Market in Thomaston on Saturday, June 10. The market venue at the intersection of Highway 25 and 28 in the heart of Thomaston was created by the Auburn University School of Architecture’s Rural Studio in 2000. 

By Magnolia Wilson
June 14, 2017
Local's many interests makes a difference in Elba
Local's many interests makes a difference in Elba

Mrs. Nell Gilmer, 82, is a long time resident of Elba. Born and raised on a farm outside the city limits, Gilmer was the valedictorian of her Elba High School class of 1952. Gilmer met and married her husband, Jim, while in college at Troy University. They traveled around the nation with his job in the apparel industry.

By Emily Vick
June 14, 2017
'Where there's a need, there's a Lion'
'Where there's a need, there's a Lion'

On Monday, June 5, the Collinsville Lions Club invited me to sit in on their meeting at the Collinsville Public Library. Having never been to a Lions Club meeting, I knew very little about them other than the fact that they collected glasses for refurbishing purposes.

By Whitney Sutton
June 9, 2017
A New Vision for Amelia Love Johnson High School
A New Vision for Amelia Love Johnson High School

Amelia Love Johnson High School, also known as ALJ High School, is the only school in Thomaston. The kindergarten through 12th grade school is one of three schools in the Marengo County School system. There are approximately 1,000 students in the Marengo County school system with about 180 students attending the Thomaston school.

By Magnolia Wilson
June 9, 2017
Happy Birthday, Alabama
Happy Birthday, Alabama

In 2019, Alabama will turn 200 years old. It’s an event to be celebrated and an opportunity to spark a conversation about the history and culture of our state. Between the years of 2017 and 2019, the Alabama 200 organization aims to support, create and execute events and activities that commemorate the stories of the people, place, and path to statehood.

By Whitney Sutton