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

  • Coffee House Discussion: Race and the Latinx CommunitySep 18th 2018

    Join us for this Coffee House during Hispanic Heritage Month in which we will have a focused discussion on the Latinx community in SOMa. More details here…

  • Coalition Praised in Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s BookSep 18th 2018

    Dr. Tatum released the new edition of ‘Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria’ and it includes praise for our work and a call to be persistent. Also, CHS grad Professor Joanna Lee introduced Dr. Tatum at a UVA lecture and mentioned the great work of the Community Coalition on Race. See more here…

  • Forum on Integration & Equity in our SchoolsSep 17th 2018

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 7:30 pm: Speakers Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and nationally-recognized expert in civil rights Professor Elise Boddie will discuss school integration. Come with your questions and ideas for intentional integration and achieving equity in SOMA and beyond.

  • Join the Coalition Board of TrusteesAug 30th 2018

    Looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? Interested in working with a diverse group of your neighbors? Interested members of the SOMA community can apply to join our board.

  • Save the Date! Our annual dinner fundraiser is October 13th!Jul 31st 2018

    This year our theme for Celebrating Integration is Local Businesses Are Community Champions. See who the honorees are and get information on supporting this event…