Cultural Heritage Festival 2014 Sponsored by the South Orange / Maplewood Community Coalition on Race ITA

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

  • This Wednesday! Two Towns, One Book: The Price of ParadiseNov 16th 2014

    Join us for a community discussion and to hear author David Troutt read from and discuss his book The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America, November 19th.

  • Preschool Open House Brings Families to CHSNov 12th 2014

    Our 13th Annual Preschool Open attracted families with young children to visit with over 20 schools. We even had prospective home buyers visit from out of town. Thanks to Suki & Heather of Weichert Realtors for supporting this event.

  • We Mourn the Passing of Dr. Clement PriceNov 6th 2014

    We are so saddened by the loss of Dr. Clement A. Price, professor of history and the foremost authority on the history of the African American experience in New Jersey. He was a long-time friend and supporter of the Coalition on Race, was generous with his time and knowledge in support of our mission, and was one of the kindest people to work with.

  • Celebrating Integration Awards Dinner Pictures!Nov 1st 2014

    Guests enjoyed great food and fellowship at this year’s annual dinner!

  • Residents Watch & Discuss ‘The Loving Story’Oct 24th 2014

    Conversation led by Professor Chris Fisher from the History Department at The College of New Jersey was lively and engaging.