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2015 Conversations on Race: Facing Everyday Racism

We welcome Professor Michael Jeffries, author of Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama & the Meaning of Race in America to lead our community discussion of unintentional expressions of bias and prejudice. This year’s forum will help us all come to terms with daily experiences of bias and stereotyping that are more subtle than the language of traditional, overt racism.

2nd Annual Cultural Heritage Festival

2015 CHF Flyer June 6

Celebrate the many cultures of our beloved community with this entertaining festival that includes live performances, activities, food, and dancing. Perfect for the entire family. Saturday, June 6th, 11-5, Maplewood Memorial Park

South Orange Middle School Student Panel on Race

SO Middle School

“How do we experience race in the United States and in our community? A conversation about perceptions, stereotypes, and social acceptance” was the topic of a panel presentation and discussion designed for 8th graders at SOMS. Organized by Social Studies teacher Kim Dordoni, the panel included students from CHS & SOMS, teachers, and Coalition on Race Executive Director Nancy Gagnier

Two Towns-Many Stories: Reading Together

2015 Two Towns Many Stories Flyer

We’re reading Toni Morrison and Junot Diaz short stories together this spring! Two Towns –One Book is part of the Integration through the Arts Program that brings residents of this racially and otherwise diverse community together around shared interests.

Birdhouses Reflect Cultural Heritage


Tell your family heritage story through the centuries-old practice of using gourds that are enhanced by the individual artist.

Community Coalition on Race Welcomes New Chair of the Board

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Leila Gonzalez Sullivan became the new Chair of the Board in January, taking over for outgoing chair Fred Profeta who remains on the Executive Committee. She brings a wealth of organizational leadership skills from her years as a community college president.

Author David Troutt Speaks about Regional Equity

We learned a lot about regional equity, integration, and the future of diverse suburbs from author David Troutt, Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers at our Two Towns-One Book event last Wednesday. He talked about the overall concept of regional equity and read some excerpts from […]