August 20, 2014 at 5:54 PM
From The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race:
We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our most passionate supporters, Charlie Bibbins.
Many of you will remember him as one of the Coalition's and the community's greatest champions. Charlie was a charter Trustee, an active member of the Neighborhood and Civic Life Committee, and a frequent participant at events like Conversations on Race. He was our 'Celebrating Integration' annual dinner honoree in 2012 where spoke so eloquently on behalf of the Coalition's efforts to build a truly inclusive community.
Charlie told us how proud he was to be part of a community in which
"our two governing bodies took changing demographics seriously and looked for ways to openly celebrate diversity. The town governments jointly funded the Racial Balance Task Force, now the Community Coalition on Race, which was comprised of an interracial mix of active local residents."
He put special emphasis that night on the importance of working toward equity for all students in our schools, of building connections between residents through neighborhood associations, of "holding many programs for residents to discuss race from a variety of aspects."
We will be forever grateful for his generous support, his passion for integration, and for all the hands-on work Charlie was always willing to take on--everything from creating the outreach lists to keep the associations across the two towns connected, to developing programs like the annual Pre-school Open House, to being our ambassador at both the Welcome to Maplewood and Welcome to South Orange events.
For more about Charlie's life and legacy in Maplewood, read more here.