Why Integration?

Our vision is to achieve and sustain the benefits of a thriving, racially integrated and truly inclusive community that serves as a model for the nation.

Many communities are diverse; few are integrated. Diversity may find people of different races and ethnicities living near each other, but integration finds them living with each other—interacting, forming friendships, participating fully in the community’s economic, political, civic, and cultural life. Read More...

South Orange/Maplewood Video

Two Towns, One Community

South Orange and Maplewood are…
    • adjoining suburbs with tree-lined streets and good schools
    • 29 minutes from NYC by train
    • full of parks and recreation
    • arts and culture destinations
    • graced by historic buildings and homes
    • one community where everyone is welcome!

What people find here is a small town feel with the conveniences and cachet of cosmopolitan living. Thinking of moving to our towns? Read more here…

News & Events

  • Talking to Children about RaceMar 13th 2018

    Learn about creating a home environment that supports open communication about race and difference, being intentional about talking about race, providing your kids with the tools they need to understand difference, and more.

  • Civic Engagement InstituteMar 12th 2018

    Sign up today for the 2018 Civic Engagement Institute! Get engaged with volunteering in SOMA and discover all that YOU can bring local organizations and leadership roles.

  • Thanks to authors of Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War AmericaMar 1st 2018

    It may have been the end of Black History Month, but we hope it is the beginning of learning much more about the countless African Americans who made a profound impact in history. Authors Biddle and Dubin take readers on a journey that includes accounts some remarkable Black men and women in the Civil War period in Philadelphia.

  • Schools Committee Co-Chairs Speak before BOE on De-leveling ProposalFeb 21st 2018

    Carol Barry-Austin and Sue Willis made a strong and heart-felt plea before the Board of Education to support changes to our school district’s system of academic tracking or leveling that has had adverse effects for students of color and has created segregated classrooms in the high school. Read their remarks here…