SOMA community invited to ‘Roadmap to Equitable School Integration’ discussion

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race and the Presidents Council of the South Orange–Maplewood School District will present “Roadmap to Equitable School Integration: Lessons Learned from ‘Nice White Parents’” on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. As the SOMSD prepares to better integrate its elementary schools, […]

CCR to hold annual ‘Celebrating Integration’ event

CCR to hold annual ‘Celebrating Integration’ event

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will host “Celebrating Integration: Serving the Community Virtually,” honoring Meredith Sue Willis, on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., virtually.  There will be dessert, swag, trivia and fun. Admission is charged; this event is a fundraiser for the coalition. To donate, become […]

CCR to hold virtual Coffeehouse Discussions

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition will hold a Coffeehouse Discussion in a two-part virtual format on Thursdays, July 9 and 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. via Zoom. The discussion has been titled “Journey To Anti-Racism Deepening Our Commitment.” These sessions are free and open to the public; participants […]

TSTI hosts black/Jewish solidarity event in honor of Black History Month

TSTI hosts black/Jewish solidarity event in honor of Black History Month

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Gallery at TSTI, the art gallery at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, was the site of a communitywide event, “Black/Jewish Solidarity: Building Together” on Sunday, Feb. 23. The program was coordinated by the synagogue’s social justice task force in partnership with SOMA Justice and the Community Coalition on Race. […]

CCR to discuss myths about physical racial differences

CCR to discuss myths about physical racial differences

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race Coffee House Discussion for Black History Month focuses on The New York Times 1619 Project essay, “Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery — and are still believed by doctors today,” written in August 2019 by Linda Villarosa, a writer, journalist, educator […]

Maplewood celebrates Black History Month

Maplewood celebrates Black History Month

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In honor of Black History Month, the township of Maplewood has joined with local nonprofit, community and business partners to sponsor more than 30 artistic, cultural and educational events and activities throughout February. Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee, who will lead two different book discussions during the month, said, “Our goal is to […]

Quirk to head Community Coalition on Race

Quirk to head Community Coalition on Race

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Kelly Quirk is the new chairwoman of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race’s board of trustees in 2020. Quirk joined the coalition board in 2017, soon after which she started the board on an important investigation into future priorities. She also serves as chairwoman of the Finance & […]