Sunny Nash - Biographical Sketch & Publications List

Sunny Nash 

Brief Bio: Sunny Nash, a graduate of Texas A&M University, is the author of Bigmama Didn’t Shop At Woolworth’s, chosen by the Association of American University Presses as essential for understanding race relations in the United States, listed in the Bibliographic Guide to Black Studies by the Schomburg Center in New York and recommended for Native American collections by the Miami-Dade Public Library System in Florida. Nash has work in the African American National Biography by Harvard and Oxford; African American West, Century of Short Stories; Reflections in Black, History of Black Photographers 1840 - Present; Ancestry; Companion to Southern Literature; Texas Through Women’s Eyes; Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy; African American Foodways; Southwestern American Literature Journal; The Source: guidebook to American genealogy; Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics; Ebony Magazine; Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places; and others. Nash is listed in Poets & Writers and Writers Net.



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

African-American Lifeways in East-Central Texas

(Texas A&M University Center for Environmental Archaeology, 1993)

Fighting for the People (African American Heritage Society, 2007)


Books Edited

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, 2007)

SPIN: Amgen Bicycle Race Long Beach (Arts Council for Long Beach, 2007)

Remember, Recollections & Photographs before WWII, Kenneth Slaybaugh

            (Long Beach Public Library Foundation, 2003)

Book Contributions

Texas Through Women's Eyes: The Twentieth-Century Experience

(University of Texas Press, 2011)

African American National Biography (Harvard & Oxford Press, 2008)

The African American West (University Press of Colorado, 2000)

State of Mind: Texas Literature and Culture (Texas A&M University Press, 1998)

Stirring Prose (Texas A&M University Press, 1998)

New Growth 2 (Corona Press, 1997)

Common Bonds (Southern Methodist University Press, 1990)

Hidden Sources (Anestry Publishing, 2000)

Anthology Contributions

Language Arts & Disciplines (Harcourt Brace, 2011)

African American Women Confront the West: 1600-2000 

(University of Oklahoma Press, 2008)

Best Books for High School Readers: 9-12 (Libraries Unlimited of Greenwood Press, 2004)

Glencoe Literature (McGraw-Hill, 2002)

The Companion to Southern Literature: themes, genres, places, people

(Louisiana State University Press, 2002)

Blacks in the American West and Beyond (Greenwood Press, 2000)

Best Books for Young Teen Readers: Grades 7-10 (Greenwood Press, 2000)

Let's Hear It: Stories by Texas Women Writers (Texas A&M University Press, 1997)

Literary Contributions

African American Foodways: Explorations of History and Culture

(University of Illinois Press, 2007)

State Lines (Texas A&M University Press, 2000)

A Bookmark (Texas A&M University Press, 1999)

Strategies for College Reading (Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1996)

Bryan Legacies (Brazos Genealogical Association, Brazos County, Texas, 1992)


Scholarly Journal Articles

Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic linguistics and semiotic ...

                (University of California, Berkeley, 2000)

Journal of Women's History (Johns Hopkins University, Spring 1998)

Choice: Publication of the Association of College and Researce 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 Differene

                (Cowles History Group, 1995)

Texas Advocate

(Journal of the Texas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, 1992)

Magazine Articles

From Excavation to Oral History (Page 59, Ancestry Magazine, 2002)

A Photographic Legacy (Ancestry Magazine, 2000)

Calvert, Texas: Preserving a Town's Heritage (Ancestry Magazine, 1998)

History of Anaheim (True West Magazine, 1997)

Mother Amadeus and Stagecoach Mary (True West Magazine, 1996)

African American Family Research (Ancestry Magazine, 1996)

Tracing Ancestry Through Family Photographs (Ancestry Magazine, 1996)

Looking for Hope in the Inner City (Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle 1996)

Looking at Both Sides of a Tattoo (Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, 1993)

Low Budget Babies Crawl Away with Gold (Communicator, 1988)

Farm Women on the College Campus (Farmer-Stockman Magazine, 1982)

The Mysterious Christmas Eve Visitor (Farmer-Stockman Magazine, 1982)

Syndicated Newspaper & Journal Columns

State Lines (Selected Articles)

                (Hearst Newspaper Syndicate, 1990-2003)

Color Her an Artist AlwaysTexas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, May 4, 2003

            “The Sewing Lesson” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, August 11, 2002

            “Secret Water” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, February 3, 2002

        A song of his own making” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, January 14, 2001

            “The Carnegie Lesson” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, February 14, 1999

            “When Everything Changes” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, February 1, 1998

                    “No Way to Butter Up Bigmama” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, May 4, 1997

            Tracing Ancestry Through Family Photographs Ancestry Magazine, Salt Lake City, 1996

            “It's a Matter of Control” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, November 19, 1995

            “The Day The Piano Arrived” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, May 21, 1995

            “Uncle Roscoe's City” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, June 5, 1994

            “The Landlady's House” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, April 3, 1994

            "Faces Found on a Dark Throne” Texas Magazine, April 11, 1993

            “A Time to Leave Candy Hill” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, February 16, 1992

            “A Mission Completed for Doll” Texas Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, July 15, 1990

Texas Advocate (Journal of the Texas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, 1992)

Bryan Legacies (Selected Articles)

                (Knight-Ridder Newspaper Syndicate, 1993-95)

                    “Trouble Hits Small Towns Too”

                    “Shooting Without a Gun

                    “Rain Used to Stop Travel on Candy Hill”

                    “Magazines Brought the World to Bryan”

                    “Recalling My Grandmother’s Sit-in”

                    “Mouth-Watering Memories”

                    “Window of Opportunity”

                    “When the Floor Is Cole”

                    “Fighting nfor the Lead”

                    “A Chair Is Still a Chair”

                    “Knowing Everything about Everything”

                    “Everything that Makes You Laugh Isn’t Funny”

                    “Getting Up with the Chickens”

                    “Kissed by the Hot Texas Sun”

Yesterdays (Selected Articles)

                (Bryan-College Station Eagle, 1992-93)

“Bad News from Cousin Jimmy”

                    “Going to the Movies Not Always as Plain as Black and White”

                    “Saturday at the Beauty Shop”

                    “When the Healer Came to Town

                    “From Slave to Citizen: The Founding of a People”

                    “Gymnastics a Hit in Bryan in the 1950s”

                    “Iceman Was a Sign of Summer”

                    “Hudge: The Traveling Fiddler”

                    “My Grandmother’s Pharmacy”                    “

Using Art to Help Children in Trouble with the Law

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


Newspaper Articles

Long Beach Women Contribute to African Exhibit

                (Long Beach Press-Telegram, 1996)

Whatever Happened to Stephanie

                (Houston Post, 1994)

On Being Black in Houston (Sanko’s World)

(The Houston Post, 1986)

Reference Book Listings

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

Lynching to Belong

(Texas A&M University Press, 2007)

Texas Women Writers: a tradition of their own

(Texas A&M University Press, 1997)

The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy, Third Edition

                (Ancestry Publishing, 2006)

Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy

                (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003)

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

Remembering Woolworth's: A Nostalgic History of the World's Most Famous Five

(Texas A&M University Press, 2000)

Celebrating the Family: ethnicity, consumer culture, and family rituals

(Harvard University Press, 2000)

Following Old Fencelines: Tales from Rural Texas

(Texas A&M University Press, 1998)

Bibliographic Guide to Black Studies

                (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 1997)

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

Africana Studies List of Books (Humanities Press, 1996)

Black Texas women: 150 years of trial and triumph

(University of Texas Press, 1995)

African-American Religion

                (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 1990)


Photographic Credits

Untold Legacies: Celebrating Black History  (City of Long Beach, 2007)

Untold Legacies: Multi-media Exhibition & Film (City of Long Beach 2007)

SPIN: bicycle fortune wheel  (Arts Council for Long Beach, 2007)

Photography books index 3 (Scarecrow Press, 2006)

Reflections in Black: a photographic study of black photography 1840-present

(W.W. Norton & Company, 2000)

Finding Your African American Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide

                (Ancestry Publishing, 2000)

African-American religion: research problems and resources for the 1990s

                (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 1990)

Blacks in Focus

                (Bryan-College Station Eagle, 1992)

Photo Exhibit Shows Early African American Culture

                (Battalion, 1992)

Shopping for Hope: a photographic study of storefront churches across America

                (Saint Johns College, 1993)

The Human Canvas: Prison Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them

                (Texas A&M University 1991)

Sunny Nash Honors

2010, Arts Council for Long Beach Fellowship – First Prize

2009, Leimert Book Festival – Featured

2009, Historical Society, Long Beach (Breaking Through) - Featured

2009, Historical Society, Long Beach (One Camera) ­- Featured

2008, African American National Biography - Featured

2008, Disney Concert Center BAI Exhibition – Featured

2007, City of Artists Exhibition (Photography) - Featured

2004, Charter Communications Producer of the Year – First Prize

2003, Arts Council for Long Beach Fellowship - First Prize

2001, Women in Photography International - Honored

2000, Reflections in Black: A Photographic Hhistory of Black Photographers,           1840-Present – Featured

1998, Association of American University Presses - Honored

1998, Native American Collections, Miami-Dade Public Library System in Florida -      


1997, Texas Book Festival - Featured

1994, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History - Collected

1990, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award – Finalist

1990, People’s Award, Sammy Davis Songwriting Competition - Finalist

1990, Brazos Valley Arts Council, Juried Competition (Photography) - Third Prize

1986, Houston Public Library Literary Competition - First Prize

           (On Being Black in Houston, Sanko’s World)

1985, J.F. Dobie Literary Fellowship - Second Prize

1976, Dallas Morning News Journalism Scholarship (Texas A&M University) - Winner

Sunny Nash - Bio & Pub List