From the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race:
Stable racial integration in housing and all aspects of community life has been a core component of the Community Coalition on Race’s intentional integration mission since its inception in 1996. The Monitoring & Evaluation Committee of the Community Coalition on Race looked at demographic trends in our towns to address some growing concerns about our school and neighborhood integration. The 2016 report generated questions and observations about how the two towns grow in diversity, continue to pursue their residential integration goals, improve their viability for seniors and renters, whether and how we meet our affordable housing obligations, and more.
The updated 2019 report offers an expanded look at the schools, an overview of school integration history, affordable housing, plus income and integration comparisons to some comparable NJ suburbs. We asked:
- What have SOMA’s demographics looked like over the last 23 years?
- What events have impacted our demographics?
- Where are we now?
- Are there observable trends that forecast our future demographic profile?
Join us for a public presentation of the report on Tuesday, June 11th, 7:30 pm, at the South Orange Public Library.
About the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race
The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is celebrating more than 20 years of being a nationally recognized non-profit organization committed to building a unique, suburban community that is free of racial segregation in housing patterns and community involvement. Recently featured in Dr. Beverly Tatum’s 2017 anniversary edition of her book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, the Coalition is often acknowledged as a model for the nation. It was founded in 1996 by a diverse group of citizens concerned about stagnating property values and a perceived decline in the quality of local public schools. Three key strategies were developed: promote strong and sustained robust demand by all racial groups for housing in every area of our community; build a community where the leadership of civic, governmental, business and community organizations is racially inclusive and values integration in policy and practice; and promote dialogue and understanding on race-related issues. To learn more, go to communitycoalitiononrace.organd connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.