September 2021 Newsletter
A Note from the Chair of the Board, Kelly Quirk:
My husband I chose to move to Maplewood 10 years ago precisely because we did not want to live in a homogenous, white community. We wanted to live in a racially diverse and integrated community. Maplewood and South Orange became synonymous with that because of the longstanding work of the Community Coalition on Race. At the Coalition, we know how easily a community can tend towards segregation, and how intentional we must be in addressing persistent spaces of systematic exclusion, racism, and bias. It is not enough for families to move to our towns for the diversity, and it is not enough for us to look at data that shows a racially diverse community as a whole. To live in an intentionally integrated community requires work, commitment to racial justice and equity, and commitment to staying the course through challenging conversations.
At 25 years into the work of the Coalition, our work remains as vital as ever. Our board began a strategic planning process over the course of the summer and I am so excited to see new strategies grow into benefits for the community that arise from our focus on the mission of intentional integration and inclusion. Continue reading here about current and upcoming work…
Celebrating 25 years: Did you know…
Promoting the community based on its commitment to racial integration and equity is critical to creating stable integration? Advertising the benefits of a diverse and inclusive community to potential home-buyers, business owners, and visitors of all races is done by the Marketing & Communications Committee. Through a variety of media channels, this committee strives to affirmatively market South Orange and Maplewood to achieve and maintain an integrated community. Over 25 years, the Community Coalition on Race’s work on intentional racial integration has been featured in national and regional print, as well as radio and television shows. In addition to garnering positive publicity for the towns, the committee produced a successful promotional video—Two Towns, One Great Community—that is used by realtors and prospective in-movers. The committee also advances the Coalition’s mission in communities throughout NJ and across country who seek our advice on community racial integration and equity issues. Throughout the last 2 years in service of the organization’s initiative to increase the pipeline of Black in-movers, the committee has focused on a targeted marketing effort that includes a special website to be launched this fall. Help spread the word by sharing our website and social media!
Celebrating Integration: Honoring Our History, Envisioning Our Future
Saturday, October 23rd, 7 pm
Virtual!

This year we are honoring two amazing community members, supporters of the Coalition, and distinguished professionals in higher education, research, and writing: Dr. Diane Hughes and Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett. Please join us for this virtual event that promises to be lots of fun and a great way to get to know fellow Coalition on Race supporters! Learn more and RSVP here today.

Would you or your business like to be a virtual room host or a sponsor? Click here for more information on sponsorship benefits!

25th Anniversary Commemorative Journal: Would you like to congratulate the honorees or the Coalition? Would you like to submit a business logo and message? Click here for journal prices and information.
Volunteer with Us!
We are a volunteer organization with room for more people who want to support racial integration, equity, and inclusion. We are especially looking for people with talents and time to share in these areas:

·        Event Planning and Fundraising
·        Social Media Marketing & Copywriting
·        Information Technology

Join Our Board of Trustees 
Interested in working with a diverse group of your neighbors? The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is seeking new members to serve on our Board of Trustees. We are especially looking for candidates who have an interest and talent in finance, fundraising, and event planning.

Upcoming Events
Annual BOE Candidates’ Forum
The Schools Committee will host this informative forum for candidates running for a spot on the SOMSD Board of Education. The forum will be in mid-October…stay tuned for the date.
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