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

  • Race and Privilege Topic Gathered Residents to Discuss Solutions for ChangeMay 17th 2017

    This year’s Conversation’s on Race brought together over 140 people to hear about and discuss race & privilege. Read more…

  • Next Coffee House Discussion is June 15th!May 16th 2017

    Want a deeper follow-up to the discussion started at Conversations on Race? Join us for ‘Race & Privilege: Going Deeper,’ June 15th at the Maplewood Library.

  • ‘Before the Trees Was Strange,’ an Exploration of Race and IdentityMay 16th 2017

    Join us to watch ‘Before the Trees Was Strange,’ a feature length documentary about the director’s family and how they dealt with the issue of racism growing up with a mother whose fears of being perceived as black caused her to reject her children’s choices in their lives. Film is followed by a discussion with filmmaker Derek Burrows, Harvard professor of history Khalil Gibran Muhammad, and hosted by Budd Mishkin.

  • XRootsFest is June 24th!Apr 1st 2017

    Plan to spend the day at Floods Hill to enjoy multicultural entertainment representing the region’s diversity. It’s a day filled with music, dance, food, vendors, and hands-on activities to learn more about different cultures.

  • Statement on Racism in Our Schools & Teaching Our Youth about RaceMar 17th 2017

    We would like to address the multiple incidents of racist graffiti in the South Orange Maplewood School District middle school bathrooms and the controversy over the slave auction posters that were produced by 5th graders as part of an assignment on Colonial American history. We believe that we must acknowledge and name the racism expressed […]