Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2021

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
July 21, 2021
Young principal puts his dream to work
Young principal puts his dream to work

Sitting in a brown executive chair, the green-eyed sandy-haired man scoots up to his desk and prepares for the day. After sorting through papers, the school leader opens his gray agenda book, scheduling times to meet with teachers the following week.  

By Laney Mayfield
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
June 24, 2021
The Collinsville Panther Pride Band is back
The Collinsville Panther Pride Band is back

The sounds of trumpets and tubas pierce the air in the band room at Collinsville High School.  But this is no ordinary practice. 

By Laney Mayfield
June 17, 2021
Gregory School educators persevered to see students prosper
Gregory School educators persevered to see students prosper

Southern Black educators in the 1900s faced obstacles of racism and discrimination, yet many managed to forge a way through challenging situations.

By Laney Mayfield


Last Updated: August 04, 2021