Cultural Heritage Festival 2014 Sponsored by the South Orange / Maplewood Community Coalition on Race ITA

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. There are 17 beautiful parks with ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, jogging paths, great sledding, and each town has a community pool. Both towns border the South Mountain Reservation—a 2020 acre preserve with hiking and biking trails. Residents refer to the down-towns of South Orange and Maplewood each quaintly as 'The Village.' Take the train to either of 'The Villages' to visit our wonderful stores, restaurants, arts centers, and take a walk through our neighborhoods to see the range and beauty of our homes!

News & Events

  • We Are Taking Registrations for the 2015 Civic Engagement Institute Now!Jul 2nd 2015

    Find out more here about this set of professional workshops that will help you become a great volunteer and bring new skills to your job.

  • Vigil Held for Victims of the Charleston, SC MurdersJun 23rd 2015

    Organized by the SOMA Clergy Council, The Coalition on Race joined in the vigil to stand in solidarity with the families and the friends of the slain Emanuel AME Church-goers, and to hold up the conviction the intentional integration and true inclusion are part of the solution.

  • Coffee House Conversation About RaceJun 23rd 2015

    The first in the series was held the day after the Charleston, SC murders. People came motivated to address the sources and solutions to hatred, fear, and racism here and beyond.

  • The Cultural Heritage Festival Celebrated DiversityJun 8th 2015

    With an amazing line-up of regional talent–from hula dancing to Irish traditional music to African drummers to Chinese lion dancers–the Festival was fun and educational for all.

  • Planning Ahead for Middle School ParentsJun 3rd 2015

    Parents learned how to navigate the CHS Handbook and Course Catalog, plus they got advice from parents who have been through the process on how to help kids plan their schedules to meet their post- high school goals.