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Thanks to authors of Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America

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It may have been the end of Black History Month, but we hope it is the beginning of learning much more about the countless African Americans who made a profound impact in history. Authors Biddle and Dubin take readers on a journey that includes accounts some remarkable Black men and women in the Civil War period in Philadelphia.

Schools Committee Co-Chairs Speak before BOE on De-leveling Proposal

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Carol Barry-Austin and Sue Willis made a strong and heart-felt plea before the Board of Education to support changes to our school district’s system of academic tracking or leveling that has had adverse effects for students of color and has created segregated classrooms in the high school. Read their remarks here…

Giving Teens a Voice

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The Coalition on Race is teamed with the South Orange and Maplewood Public Libraries for a special session, Giving Teens a Voice, at the South Orange Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 17th. Parents and teens, separately and together, candidly discussed race, identity issues, and brainstormed ideas.

Annual Appeal 2017

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BOE Candidates Share Plans for Integrated Schools, a Diverse Staff, and Academic Support

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Read more to see the video of the forum, to access candidates’ information resources, and to find your polling place for the November 7th election..

A Spirit of Gratitude Filled the Coalition on Race’s Celebrating Integration Awards Dinner


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 […]

Schools Committee Takes New Teachers on Tour of SOMa

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The Schools Committee has been a part of the orientation for new teachers and administrators in the school district since 2006. They share with them the mission of the Coalition and the community’s commitment to racial integration, true inclusion, and equitable schools.  They also highlight the objectives of the Schools Committee which have been focused […]

Moving Beyond Mistrust to Make Equality & Inclusion Reality


In the aftermath of Charltottesville and local race problems, Board Chair Robert A. Marchman offers his thoughts on the work of the Coalition and SOMa’s history of white flight, the elusiveness of of equality and inclusion for many persons of color, and the collaborative work we see ahead.

Statement from the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

Read our statement on the recent vote of no confidence in Police Chief Cimino and on its ongoing advocacy for fair and unbiased treatment of people of color by the police.

Postponed: Community Forum on the July 5, 2016 Police Incident

The Community Forum originally scheduled for Monday, August 7th will be rescheduled for a future date. In the meantime, our work on social justice and reforming police practices does not stop. We look forward to engaging with our community so that long lasting change is made, and that everyone who lives, works, and plays in Maplewood and South Orange is able to do so freely and without harm or harassment.