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

  • Preschool Open House is Tuesday, November 11th!Oct 29th 2014

    Looking for a pre-school or day-care center for your little one? Representatives from more than 20 preschool and child-care agencies will be available to answer questions at the 12th Annual Preschool Open House sponsored by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race at Columbia High School. This free event is hosted by the Schools Committee for South Orange, Maplewood, and neighboring parents.

  • Residents Watch & Discuss ‘The Loving Story’Oct 24th 2014

    Conversation led by Professor Chris Fisher from the History Department at The College of New Jersey was lively and engaging.

  • Celebrating Integration Awards Dinner A Great Success!Oct 24th 2014

    Guests enjoyed great food and fellowship at this year’s annual dinner!

  • Two Towns, One Book: The Price of ParadiseSep 27th 2014

    Join us for a community discussion and to hear author David Troutt read from and discuss his book The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America, November 19th.

  • Civic Engagement Institute Date ChangeAug 27th 2014

    You can still enroll! First workshop begins November 1st. Interested in building your skills and learning about what it takes to be a productive volunteer? Then sign up for this free series of classes.