Brunswick School senior Edward Chaplin was honored with the 2012 YWCA of Greenwich Racial Justice Scholarship at the annual event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to promote diversity and justice.
While accepting the award, Chaplin referenced his upbringing by stating that his parents always tried to help him understand the importance of serving the community. Like King, who practiced nonviolent resistance to combat racial segregation, Edward believes that education is the key to ending racial injustice.
“Education is the catalyst for progress, while ignorance is the friction that causes progress to slow to a stop,” Chaplin said in his scholarship acceptance speech. “It is through education and learning about other beliefs and cultures that we will have more understanding, help end racial injustice and create a better world.” He also mentioned how, to him, community service is almost self-serving because “… I always feel better for knowing that I have helped others.”
The YWCA of Greenwich event attracted more than 50 people honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Speakers included First Selectman Peter Tesei; U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-CT.; State Rep. Alfred Camillo, R-151st District; and Selectman Drew Marzullo. Adrienne Singer, YWCA of Greenwich president and chief executive officer, emphasized that it was the students – Edward Chaplin and Brittanie Sanders (awardee from Convent of the Sacred Heart) - who “are the real keynote speakers of the evening.” They truly represent the thoughts and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King.”
Chaplin will share his remarks with his Brunswick classmates at an upcoming all-school assembly titled “The Courage to Speak, The Courage to Listen: Seeking Peace, Building Community” in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. King. The event will include the reading of Dr. King’s renowned speech, “Courage to Speak,” and the presentation of 1,000 origami cranes folded by Brunswick students, faculty and parents as a symbol of international peace.