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.  

June 10, 2022
Anderson teaches art of soap making
Anderson teaches art of soap making

Anderson’s soap making legacy comes from her grandmother, a resident of Gee’s Bend, who shared the soap she made with her neighbors. “They always use to make soap every year. They’d kill the hog and take the remnants and make lard and then we used that to make a whole washpot full of soap,” Anderson recalled.

By Ashby Henry
June 9, 2022
Young Lady Panthers get ready for state tournament
Young Lady Panthers get ready for tournament

The “eight and under” Lady Panthers Softball Team warming up for their practice is a sight to see. This all-star team has been together for only a couple weeks, being made up of a combination of players from two Collinsville teams from the regular season. 

By Brin Allen
June 8, 2022
Amani Hicks wins DYW contest
Hicks wins DYW contest

Amani Hicks won the title at the 49th Annual Distinguished Young Women of Washington County held May 28. This program picks a local rising senior who excels in academics, presentation, and talent. 

By Cori Akins
June 7, 2022
Elba the beautiful
Elba the beautiful

During my first week in town, the “Welcome to Elba” sign invited me to start a quest to understand Elba and its people. So far, I’ve learned that the links between Elba’s natural environment, history, and present efforts form a whole chain of beauty that includes hope and social action.



By Dioselin Cruz
June 1, 2022
Cousins create cafe in Collinsville
Cousins create cafe in Collinsville

In January 2021, cousins Amanda Godshall and Amber Womack saw an opportunity to bring a new kind of restaurant to Collinsville. Originally from Sand Rock, both women had previous restaurant and business experience along with an appreciation for the unique character of the Collinsville area.

By Brin Allen