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

  • Community Coalition on Race MLK Observance Inspires Community to Practice Dr. King’s PrinciplesJan 22nd 2019

    Thanks to all who organized, planned, & participated in yesterday’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, Fair, & Luminary Lighting! You are an inspiration to act according to Dr. King’s principles. Read more and see photos here…

  • Panel Discussion on the Star Ledger’s Force ReportJan 3rd 2019

    Please join the Coalition, SOMA Action, and SOMA Justice for this informative panel followed by a Q&A with the Star Ledger reporters and other leading figures in civil rights: Wednesday, January 9th, 7:30 pm, Morrow Church. Read more details here…

  • Join Us for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Observance & FairDec 31st 2018

    Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey Sheila Y. Oliver is the speaker at this year’s observance on Monday, January 21st, 2 pm, Columbia High School. This event includes music, readings, a dance performance, and is followed by the Volunteer Fair as well as community-wide Luminary lightings.

  • The Luminary Project, 2019Dec 3rd 2018

    Help us light up SOMA with luminaries as a sign of peace and solidarity with the Dr. King’s vision of the beloved community. Read more here about the project and how you can participate.

  • Response to the Force Report Database from the Star LedgerNov 30th 2018

    The statewide database on police use of force developed and published by the Star Ledger lays out racial disparities in police treatment throughout New Jersey.