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Concerning the Traffic Stop Video in South Orange

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

SOMSD Hosts Diversity Hiring Fair

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The Schools Committee was proud to support and to encourage this effort to attract and hire a more diverse staff in the district. Thanks to Kevin Ralston for creating a welcoming experience for the applicants.

Congratulations to the ‘Giving Teens a Voice’ Team!


Our town libraries won the NJ State Library’s Multicultural Program award for this collaborative effort between the youth librarians and the Coalition to provide students with 2 guided discussions to candidly discuss race with their peers

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 […]