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

  • 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.

  • Schools Committee Takes New Teachers on Tour of SOMaSep 7th 2017

    The Schools Committee has been a part of the orientation for new teachers and administrators in the school district since 2006. They share with them the mission of the Coalition and the community’s commitment to racial integration, true inclusion, and equitable schools.  They also highlight the objectives of the Schools Committee which have been focused […]

  • 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.

  • Statement from the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on RaceAug 2nd 2017

    Read our statement on the recent vote of no confidence in Police Chief Cimino and on its ongoing advocacy for fair and unbiased treatment of people of color by the police.

  • Call for Reform of Police Practices and an End to Police Abuse of Black ResidentsJul 29th 2017

    We stand in solidarity with all those who were hurt and traumatized by the experience of being mistreated by the Maplewood Police after the July 5, 2016 fireworks and with those now witnessing this event on the released video.