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

  • 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 […]

  • Talking to Children about Race & Identity Workshop SeriesMar 7th 2017

    Update: readings & resources for March 14th now available here! The Schools Committee is hosting three workshops to help us gain an understanding of the stages of racial knowledge, how to talk with children about race, and a session on the challenges faced by multiracial children and children whose families are of a different racial background.

  • Anti-Semitic Graffiti in South Mountain ReservationMar 3rd 2017

    The anti-Semitic symbols and words of hate painted on the walls at the South Mountain Reservation are insufferable. Our community has shown its strength in coming together to protest and heal.

  • Statement on Racial Profiling & Law EnforcementFeb 25th 2017

    On February 24th, one of the members of our Board of Trustees reported an encounter with the Maplewood police that made him feel that he had been racially profiled, that he was not given an adequate explanation for being detained and questioned on the street, and that he was asked for his identification before being […]

  • Statement Regarding the President’s Immigration BanJan 31st 2017

    We applaud the Maplewood Township committee and the South Orange Village Trustees for adopting resolutions that make it clear that these towns are Welcoming, Open, and Inclusive communities! Read the Coalition’s statement and access the towns’ resolutions here…