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 Honored Dr. King & Integration in Our TownsJan 21st 2015

    We celebrated Dr. King and our two towns’ commitment to being a racially integrated and truly inclusive community on Monday in a powerful service that featured Joseph Ford and his moving account of his experiences as a civil rights activist.

  • Annual Appeal – Please Support Our MissionDec 19th 2014

    Each year at this time, we ask for supporters who are committed to the mission of intentional integration to make a financial donation to the Coalition on Race. Our work is more important now than ever given the need for an even greater focus on race-related issues at the community level!

  • Author David Troutt Speaks about Regional EquityNov 26th 2014

    We learned a lot about regional equity, integration, and the future of diverse suburbs from author David Troutt, Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers at our Two Towns-One Book event last Wednesday. He talked about the overall concept of regional equity and read some excerpts from […]