Sunny Nash Biography

Biographical Sketch & Publications List

Sunny Nash

Sunny Nash is the author of Bigmama Didn’t Shop At Woolworth’s about life with her part-Comanche grandmother, chosen by the Association of American University Presses as essential for understanding U.S. race relations and recommended by the Miami-Dade Public Library System in Florida for Native American collections, earning Nash an invitation from First Lady Laura Bush to the Inaugural Texas Book Festival. 

A former nationally syndicated columnist, Nash is a biographer in the African American National Biography by Harvard University and Oxford University Press, and is listed in Reflections in Black, History of Black Photographers 1840 – Present (W.W. Norton, New York, 2000). 

Photographs from Sunny Nash's collection are part of the Smithsonian International Exhibition,  Reflections in Black, and won her Women in Photography International and the Black Photographers Guild recognition. Nash exhibited The Peterson Legacy at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, 10-1-2013 – 1-4-2014. Nash was one of the first black female graduates of Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with Broadcast Media & Mass Communication concentration.

Sunny Nash 
(Photo by Judy Baker)


2014-15 Artist Fellowship (Arts Council For Long Beach CA)
2014-15 Ottis Locke Research Grant & Award (East Texas Historical Association)
2009-10 Artist Fellowship (Arts Council For Long Beach CA)
2004 Charter Communications TV Producer of the Year
2003-4 Artist Fellowship (Public Corporation for the Arts CA)
2000 Recognition Women in Photography International
2000 Recognition Black Photographers Guild
2000 Photographs Collected by Smithsonian Institution
1991 Photographs Collected by Schomburg Center
1997 PEN Grant

Television, Film & Video Credits

Arts & Entertainment Magazine
Our Own Legacy
We Have Something to Say

Reflection in Black A History of Black  Photographers 1840 - Present
Publication in 
Reflection in Black
A History of Black 
1840 - Present

2000 Smithsonian 
Reflections in Black

Photographic Credits

           George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Sunny Nash, City of Artists Exhibition 2007 (Photo by Chris Lee)
Sunny Nash
(Photo: Chris Lee)

City of Artists Exhibition 2007

"Fellowship" from Nash's Collection:
Shopping for Hope

2014 Exhibited at George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

2008 Exhibition, Walt Disney Concert Center

2000 Published in Reflections in Black, History of Black Photographers 1840 – Present

2001 International Smithsonian Exhibition Tour Reflections in Black

1993 Peterson Photographs Collected by Briscoe Center Collection University of Texas Austin

2001 Photo Illustrations Finding Your African-American Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide

2006 Photo Illustration The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy 

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF Children's Literacy Organization)
RIF Reading Buddies
Sunny Nash (lower right)


Reading Is Fundamental (RIF Children's Literacy Organization)

American Communications Association

Poets & Writers

American Photography Association

World Photography Organization

Mombasa (Kenya)-Long Beach (California) Sister City Association (Founding Member)

Long Beach (California) Black Authors Festival (Co-founder)

Publications List (Selected Items)

Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth’s  (Texas A&M University Press, 1996)
Hard Cover

Amazon Kindle

Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth’s 
(Texas A&M University Press, 1996)

BREAKING THROUGH, Lighting the Way 
(Historical Society of Long Beach, 2008)

Untold Legacies: A Pictorial History, Black Long Beach 1900-2000 & Beyond 
(National Council of Negro Women 2008)

Fighting for the People 
(African American Heritage Society, 2008)

SPIN 2007 (Long Beach (CA) Re-development Agency, 2007)
(National Council of Negro Women, 2007)

African-American Lifeways in East-Central Texas 
(Texas A&M University, 1993)

African American National Biography, Edited by Henry Louis Gates
The African American 
National Biography

Contributed Articles:
Jazz Guitarist, Kenny Burrell
Jazz Trumpeter, Clark Terry
R&B Singer-Songwriter, Ben E. King

Literary Contributions

Texas Through Women's Eyes: The Twentieth-C
        Experience (University of Texas Press, 2011)
Language Arts & Disciplines Harcourt Brace, 2011)
African American National Biography
        (Harvard University & Oxford University Press, 2008)
African American Women Confront the West: 1600-
        2000 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008)
African American Foodways: Explorations of History and 
        Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2007)
Best Books for High School Readers: Grades 9-12
        (Libraries Unlimited of Greenwood Press, 2004)
The Companion to Southern Literature: themes, genres, places, people ... (Louisiana State University Press, 2002)

The African American West
The African American West: A Century of Short Stories  Includes Sunny Nash  Story, "Amen!"
Includes Sunny Nash Story, "Amen!"

        (University Press of Colorado, 2000)
Blacks in the American West and Beyond--America, 
        Canada, and Mexico: Selectively Annotated 
        Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 2000)
Best Books for Young Teen Readers: Grades 7-10 
       (Greenwood Press, 2000)
Stirring Prose: Cooking with Texas Writers 
       (Texas A&M University Press, 1998)
State Lines (Texas A&M University Press, 2000)
New Growth 2: Contemporary Short Stories by Texas 

        Writers (Corona Press, 1997)
Let’s Hear It: Stories by Texas Women Writers 
        (Texas A&M University Press, 1997)
Strategies for College Reading 
        (Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1996)
Common Bonds: Stories by and about Modern Texas 
        Women (Southern Methodist University Press, 1990)

Women’s History: 100 American Women Who Made a Difference (Cowles History Group, 1995)
Women’s History: 
100 American Women 
Who Made a Difference 
(Cowles History Group 1995)

Scholarly Journal Articles

Women’s History Matters: 100 Montana Suffrage, 1914-2014
        (Montana Cultural Trust, Montana Historical Society, 2014
Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic linguistics and semiotic 
        (University of California, Berkeley, 2000)
Journal of Women's History (Johns Hopkins University, 1998)
Choice: Association of College and Research Volume 34
        (Association of College and Research Libraries, 1996)
Southern Exposure, Southern Humanities Review 

        (Institute for Southern Studies, 1996)
The linguistic individual: self-expression in language and linguistics
        (Oxford University Press, 1996)
Southwestern American Literature 

        (Southwest Regional Humanities Center, Spring 1995)
Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (American Anthropological Association, December 1995)
Women’s History: 100 American Women Who Made a Difference (Cowles History Group, 1995)
Texas Advocate, Journal of the Texas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, 1992

Ancestry Magazine, Salt Lake City
Various Issues
Genealogy Topics

Magazine Articles

Ancestry Magazine 1996-2002

True West Magazine 1996-2006

Texas Magazine 1996-2006

Texas Register Magazine 1991-92

Farmer-Stockman Magazine 1982

Uncle Roscoe's City by Sunny Nash Houston Chronicle Illustration by Rouf Laub
Uncle Roscoe's City by Sunny Nash
Houston Chronicle
Illustration by Rouf Laub

Syndicated Newspaper & Journal Columns

Houston Chronicle, Texas Magazine; State Lines (Selected Articles; Hearst Newspapers, 1990-2003)

Bryan-College Station Eagle; Knight-Ridder Newspaper Syndicate, 1993-95

Bryan-College Station Eagle, Yesterdays (Bryan-College Station Eagle, 1992-93)

Texas Register: Monthly Journal, Office of the Secretary of State, 1991-92

Newspaper Features

Long Beach Women Contribute to African Exhibit, Press-Telegram (Long Beach, California) 1996
Looking for Hope in the Inner City, Houston ChronicleTexas Magazine, 1996
Addiction is a Vice…Houston Post, Special to the Post, Friday, February 24, 1995
Looking at Both Sides of a Tattoo, Houston Chronicle, Texas Magazine, 1993
On Being Black in Houston, The Houston Post, 1986

Celebrating the Family:  Ethnicity, Consumer Culture,  and Family Rituals
Celebrating the Family:
Ethnicity, Consumer Culture,
and Family Rituals

Reference Book Listings

Black Women in Texas History (Texas A&M University Press, 2008)

Lynching to Belong (Texas A&M University Press, 2007)

The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy (Ancestry Publishing, 2006)

Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy
        (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003)

Celebrating the Family: ethnicity, consumer culture, and family rituals Harvard University Press, 2000)

Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places (Ancestry Publishing, 2000)

Following Old Fencelines: Tales from Rural Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 1998)

Texas Women Writers: a tradition of their own (Texas A&M University Press, 1997)

Bibliographic Guide to Black studies (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 1997)

Language Arts & Disciplines (Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1996)

Black Texas women: 150 years of trial and triumph (University of Texas Press, 1995)

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