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

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Observance Highlights the Power of Community to Impact ChangeJan 18th 2018

    Hundreds of people of all ages filled the auditorium to honor Dr. King through music, a sharing of interfaith readings, an affirmation of Dr. King’s call to action and service., and to hear speaker Larry Hamm, chair of the People’s Organization for Progress, deliver a speech extolling Dr. King that challenged all of us to take action.

  • Giving Teens a VoiceJan 18th 2018

    The Coalition on Race is teamed with the South Orange and Maplewood Public Libraries for a special session, Giving Teens a Voice, at the South Orange Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 17th. Parents and teens, separately and together, candidly discussed race, identity issues, and brainstormed ideas.

  • SOMA Was Shining with Luminaries in Honor of Dr. KingJan 17th 2018

    Nearly 1000 SOMA homes put luminaries outside their homes at 5 p.m. on Monday in honor of King’s life and legacy, as a sign of peace and our commitment to building the beloved community. “We are proud to be actively pursuing Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of the beloved community,” said Patricia Matthews Canning, chair […]