Muse for “Glory” by Elizabeth Catlett

In a recent blog post about Elizabeth Catlett’s sculpture tilted “Glory” I wanted to know more about the art work. Who is the woman depicted? What is her significance to the arts and history? After researching I was amazed. The woman sculpted below is Glory Van Scott, actor, dancer, and educator. Read the excerpt of her story below.

Activist. Glory grew up in privilege, the daughter of a Chicago physician and his socialite wife. And then, in 1955, when she was just a girl, her cousin, Emmett Till, was murdered. Even through her anger, Glory knew that if she lay down in the mire and horror of her family tragedy, she would sink. It was her realization that she and her family were not the only ones in pain that helped her to cope. “People are in pain all the time. You won’t feel yours after a while if you’re busy making sure somebody else is lifted.”


Artist. Glory has been a principal dancer with the Katherine Dunham, Agnes De Mille, and Talley Beatty Companies. She has been a member of the American Ballet Theatre. She has composed eight musicals, including the critically acclaimed Miss Truth. She has danced on Broadway, in the movies, on television, and across the world, working with some of the most acclaimed dancers, directors, and choreographers in the world.


Educator. Glory holds a Ph.D. from Antioch Union Graduate School, and an MA and BA from Goddard College. She taught for ten years at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and she founded Dr. Glory’s Youth Theatre at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. “I teach kids, all colors and religions, to involve them with each other in positive relationships and productive work, so they will know that hate is not an option.”


[1] Excerpt pulled from

Image of Glory Van Scott’s performance found at

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