Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2021

August 4, 2021
Living Democracy accepting applications for Summer 2022
Living Democracy accepting applications for Summer 2022

Living Democracy is a living-learning opportunity to engage with a small Alabama community. Students will spend 10 weeks of the summer living and working in one of four towns: Collinsville, Elba, Chatom, or Camden. Living in the community allows students to fully immerse themselves in the local culture and develop lasting relationships with those who call these towns home

August 4, 2021
Oquendo Bernard thanks Elba for many gifts
Oquendo Bernard thanks Elba for many gifts

It’s been 70 days and I can still remember the exact moment when I first arrived in Elba, Alabama. I felt mixed emotions and for a split second I questioned myself about whether I had made the right decision. Throughout my time here, I am often asked why Elba. But now that my summer of Living Democracy is over, my response is why not Elba. It was an experience of a lifetime.

By Oquendo Bernard
August 2, 2021
Laney Mayfield reflects on summer of learning
Laney Mayfield reflects on summer of learning

When I first interviewed for the role as a community journalist and civic engagement leader for Living Democracy, I never thought it would guide me to a place filled with adventures, lessons, and excitement. With my eyes closed and not knowing what to expect, the program led me to a gem in Northeast Alabama, Collinsville.

By Laney Mayfield
August 2, 2021
Retiree creates flags from wood
Retiree creates flags from wood

Liberty Woodworking, LLC is a small company in Elba owned by Dick Cardwell. He retired in Elba just two years ago and started producing American flags from wood as a hobby, some with military seals and others he describes as specialty flags.

By Oquendo Bernard
July 27, 2021
Competition provides fun day on Pea River
Competition provides fun day on Pea River

As the sun started to peek through the clouds, I was rushing over to the boat shop driving Betsy, one of the Pea River Outdoors vans that happen to be my companion for the final few weeks that I have left in Elba, to do a final prep before the big event.

By Oquendo Bernard


Last Updated: August 04, 2021