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Glory: A Life Among Legends


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“...once your eyes rested on her, you didn’t look away.” - Jennifer Dunning

“...a fierce and telling memoir of a woman whose talent, self-confidence and sheer bravado can inspire us all.” - Erica Jong

 ACTIVIST. In 1955, her cousin, Emmett Till, was murdered. Even through her anger, she knew that the horror of her family tragedy could sink her—and it was her realization that she and her family were not the only ones in pain that helped her to cope. “So many 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. She has been a principal dancer with the Katherine Dunham, Agnes De Mille, and Talley Beatty companies, and a member of the American Ballet Theatre. She has written and composed more than twenty musicals, including the critically acclaimed Miss Truth. She has danced and acted on Broadway, in the movies, on television, and across six continents, working with some of the most acclaimed dancers, singers, actors, musicians, directors, and choreographers in the world, and produced and directed countless productions. 

EDUCATOR. She 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 in New York City where, for over thirty years, she’s helped kids develop not only their artistic talents, but vital life skills. “I teach kids, of all colors and religions, to share space in this world, carrying respect for each other, and remembering that their footprints must be firm and honorable, as a younger sibling or friend might walk in them later and they must hold the power of each one, teach one. I involve them with each other in positive relationships and productive work, so they will know that hate is not an option.

AWARD-WINNER. She has received the prestigious Goodman Theatre’s Lorraine Hansberry Award, the National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, Katherine Dunham’s Legacy Award, the Adelco Pioneer Award, the key to the City of Dallas, the Coat of Arms and the Maple Leaf Pin from Canada, the Gold Medal of Honor Award from the Illinois General Assembly’s 114th Legislative District, the Nairo Eleanor Roosevelt Grant, and was the recipient of the inaugural Good Neighbor Project Committee Award. 

Intrigued by this amazing woman? Dr. Glory Van Scott’s chronicle of her extraordinary life soars as high as a dancer leaping across a stage—and it brims with the passion, beauty, and inspiration Glory imparts to everything she touches.

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