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

  • Report to the Community: An Inside Look at What the Coalition DoesOct 9th 2017

    Join us for a review of what the Coalition has accomplished, what needs to be done in community racial integration and inclusion, and how you can help.

  • 16th Annual Preschool Open HouseOct 9th 2017

    Visit with over 20 area preschools and childcare agencies in one setting. Plus, get advice from a school district educator about what to look for when choosing a preschool to meet your child’s needs.

  • Why a whole candidates’ night just on integration in the schools?Oct 4th 2017

    Join the Schools Committee for the 12th annual BOE Candidates’ Forum on October 24th at 7:30 pm at Marshall School to hear the candidates’ thoughts on integrated elementary schools, anti-bias training for staff, and more.

  • Celebrating Integration 2017 HonoreesSep 14th 2017

    Read about Dr. Adunni Anderson, Jim Buchanan, and Carol Buchanan–the wonderful community volunteers who will be celebrated at this year’s annual dinner, Saturday, October 14th.

  • Moving Beyond Mistrust to Make Equality & Inclusion RealityAug 29th 2017

    In the aftermath of Charltottesville and local race problems, Board Chair Robert A. Marchman offers his thoughts on the work of the Coalition and SOMa’s history of white flight, the elusiveness of of equality and inclusion for many persons of color, and the collaborative work we see ahead.