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 Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in 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 8, 2022
Commission chair sees progress, challenges
Commission chair sees progress, challenges

Although Bill Albritton admits there are positives and negatives in local politics, he said he enjoys his role overall as he still learns something new every day. Noting that he is particularly proud to serve his home county, Albritton said, “It’s amazing that everywhere you go, there’s a Camden or Wilcox County connection.” 

By Ashby Henry
August 2, 2022
More Than Art Camp
More Than Art Camp

Camps like this are hosted to enable children to explore their imagination and are instrumental in helping them find a personal and/or work-related passion. “I think it is very important for kids to explore their creativity and imagination,” Rush Brunson noted. 

By Dioselin Cruz
July 28, 2022
Jeffery Jones fulfills dream, graduates from law school at 62
Jeffery Jones fulfills dream, graduates from law school at 62

After working as a musician, lab technician, mill worker and author, Jones decided to fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer. He was inspired by his mother who wanted to become a lawyer and by his own experiences.

By Brin Allen
July 25, 2022
Boyhood exploration of Grampian Hills leads to lifelong passion
Boyhood exploration of Grampian Hills leads to lifelong passion

Camden native Tommy Lawler has explored the woods of Wilcox County since he was a boy. “My daddy would drop me off here before I could drive, and I would explore for hours,” he said. He now owns the land he once explored in an area known as the Grampian Hills, and he often invites others to explore it today.

By Ashby Henry
July 20, 2022
The Grand Marshall of Elba
Grand Marshal of Elba

Edward “Ed” Lamar Kelley Jr. is the Elba Grand Marshal of good spirit. The Elba native is a member of Masonic Lodge #170 dedicated to making the town a “thriving entity”. 

By Dioselin Cruz