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.  

July 20, 2021
Kayak & Canoe Competition being held in Elba
Kayak & Canoe Competition being held in Elba

Living Democracy student Oquendo Bernard is helping organize a Kayak & Canoe Competition Saturday, July 24, in Elba.

By Oquendo Bernard
July 20, 2021
Fire destroys historic home of Elba Chamber of Commerce
Fire destroys historic home of Elba Chamber of Commerce

Fire destroyed the Elba Chamber of Commerce building, a city of Elba owned and Alabama Historic Landmark property on Putnam Street in downtown Elba, late Monday night, July 12.

By Oquendo Bernard
July 15, 2021
1838 Historic Home, Pleasant Ridge, is under new ownership
1838 Historic Home, Pleasant Ridge, is under new ownership

When Colonel Scottie and his wife, Tammy Myers, took ownership of Pleasant Ridge, an historic home in Wilcox County built in 1838, there was much work to be done.

By Lauren Landers
July 13, 2021
Living Democracy Citizenship Award: Pastor Philip Box
Living Democracy Citizenship Award: Pastor Philip Box

Philip Box is a pastor, chaplain, husband, and father who really cares about being available for the people around him. He actively works to make the community a better place through his work at the Elba Church of Christ and beyond and is a deserving recipient of the 2021 Living Democracy Citizenship Award.

By Oquendo Bernard
July 9, 2021
L&B Fun Place Restaurant serves up soul food
L&B Fun Place Restaurant serves up soul food

In the aluminum foil pan sits hand-battered chicken breasts, fried golden brown and smothered in gravy. Nearby dishes of caramelized baked apples inside a crisp crust and baked and chopped sweet potatoes coated with brown sugar and butter are ready to serve.   

By Laney Mayfield