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 5, 2020
Group hopes 'getting to know each other' can help ease racial divides
Group hopes 'getting to know each other' can help ease racial divides

Invited Wilcox County community members gathered on Thursday, July 9, to discuss their experiences with systemic racism and prejudice. 

By Amy Clark
August 4, 2020
Elba comes together for HGTV contest video
Elba comes together for HGTV contest video

Everything from parks to historic houses to the Pea River was thrown into a community-produced pitch video Elba put together to enter a contest to become a lucky winner of the new HGTV Series “Home Town Takeover” contest.

By Harrison Carter
August 3, 2020
St. Stephens Historical Park tells important story
St. Stephens Historical Park tells important story

Washington County was the first county formed in Alabama, and St. Stephens played a major role in the early history of the state.

By Thomas Chapman
July 29, 2020
Doctor's team takes on COVID challenges
Doctor's team takes on COVID challenges

From the largest of hospitals in major American cities to small private clinics in rural areas, healthcare providers are grappling with how to care for patients and try to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Addison Peacock
July 28, 2020
Savage hopes to bring new museum to Washington County
Savage hopes to bring new museum to Washington County

Micki Savage, a local historian in Washington County, has worked for more than 10 years to educate students about African American history. Active in many organizations, she founded the Prestwick Preservation Society and is now working toward building a museum to celebrate local black history.

By Thomas Chapman