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. Thinking of moving to our towns? Read more here…

News & Events

  • Concerning the Traffic Stop Video in South OrangeMay 17th 2018

    The Coalition on Race calls for empathy, constructive dialog, and improved community relationships.

  • Conversations on Race 2018 Brings Out a Diverse CrowdMay 14th 2018

    Thanks to over 100 people who came out to discuss integration with so much energy last night! People worked on developing both personal action steps and recommendations for the community to improve racial inclusion in SOMA. Thanks to Elizabeth Williams-Riley of the American Conference on Diversity for her powerful leadership.

  • The Rise of White Supremacy and the Future of Race RelationsMay 13th 2018

    Mark your calendars for this amazing panel to be held at Words Bookstore, 1 pm, Saturday, June 9th. This is part of the 2nd Annual Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival. The 2016 election of Donald Trump emboldened white nationalist groups across the country, giving voice to what had previously been considered a fringe element. In this timely and important panel, […]

  • Coffee House Discussions: Talking about Race on Social MediaApr 19th 2018

    We heard from over forty people who shared their experiences of racism on social media and their ideas for constructive dialog about race in our online social spaces.

  • Neighborhood SummitApr 16th 2018

    NEW DATE: July 10th. Are you in a Neighborhood Association or Block Group? Do you plan your neighborhood block party or annual group yard sale? Do you wish you did? This is the summit for you!