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

  • Giving Teens A VoiceNov 20th 2017

    These are open discussions on race for teens, December 6th and January 17th, in partnership with the Maplewood and South Orange Libraries. Read more here…

  • Job Posting – Office AdministratorNov 19th 2017

    We’re looking for a new office administrator–9 hours per week. Bookkeeping skills and knowledge of Quickbooks needed. Read more to apply…

  • Preschool Open House Draws Diverse Group of 70 ParentsNov 15th 2017

    Families learned about the many options for preschool in the region. For information on the preschools, read more…

  • A Spirit of Gratitude Filled the Coalition on Race’s Celebrating Integration Awards DinnerOct 25th 2017

    Over 150 people gathered at The Woodland in Maplewood to honor community members who have exemplified the Coalition on Race’s integration and inclusion mission and to celebrate the work accomplished over the last year. This year’s honorees included Dr. Adunni Anderson, Carol Buchanan, and Jim Buchanan, all of whom have contributed deeply over time to […]