This Black History Month, we will be honoring a cross-section of Union’s Black alums and faculty. Today, we honor Rev. Dr. Nathan Scott Jr ’46, a formidable African American literary scholar. After receiving his MDiv at Union and a doctorate from Columbia University, he taught for several years at Howard University before moving to the University of Chicago, where he founded their Ph.D. program in Literature and Theology. Dr. Scott was also an ordained Episcopal priest and served as the Canon Theologian at St. James Cathedral in Chicago from 1966 to 1976.
In 1976, he and his wife, Charlotte H. Scott, a business professor, simultaneously were hired as the first black tenured professors at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books including “Visions of Presence in Modern American Poetry” and “Three American Moralists: Mailer, Bellow, Trilling.”