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

  • Cultural Heritage Festival Video!Jul 23rd 2014

    View it here..

  • Read Our Summer E-newsletter!Jul 10th 2014

    Find out about what’s coming up this fall and read about what we accomplished last spring.

  • Cultural Heritage Festival Attracts 1000 PeopleJun 16th 2014

    It was a sunny day in Maplewood Memorial Park for our first annual Cultural Heritage Festival where people watched Chinese Lion Dancers, African drummers and dancers, Hawaiian Hula, and participated in activities like a Karate, Tai Chi, origami, and much more.

  • School District Hosts Diversity FairJun 16th 2014

    The Schools Committee of the Coalition on Race suggested that the district host a diversity hiring fair in order to attract more candidates of color to teach in our schools. 70 candidates signed up!

  • Story DoorMay 31st 2014

    The Story Door project was on on display at the SOMA Artists Studio Tour. But it’s not over yet….see the doors and add your SOMA story at the Cultural Heritage Festival on June 14th!