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

  • Viewing of ‘I Am Not Your Negro’Apr 28th 2017

    Join us Saturday, May 6th, 10 am at Bow Tie Cinema in South Orange for a viewing and follow-up talk about this documentary. Space is limited; click here to register.

  • Conversations on Race–Race & PrivilegeApr 4th 2017

    Conversations on Race is May 10th at The Woodland! We welcome four insightful panelists to help us consider the topic: Race & Privilege: Raising Consciousness to Address Inequities. Read more here for details…

  • SOMa Parents Discuss How to ‘Talk to Children about Race’ at WorkshopsApr 3rd 2017

    The ‘Talking to Children about Race’ workshop series included three sessions focused on multiracial families, having the first conversations about race with preschoolers, and a general session on ‘intentional parenting’ for including candid talk about race in family life. Special thanks to Dr. Diane Hughes, the Montrose Early Childhood Center PTA, the panelists, and the Schools Committee!

  • XRootsFest is June 24th!Apr 1st 2017

    Plan to spend the day at Floods Hill to enjoy multicultural entertainment representing the region’s diversity. It’s a day filled with music, dance, food, vendors, and hands-on activities to learn more about different cultures.

  • 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 […]