About Sunny Nash

Sunny Nash Author-Journalist

Sunny Nash devotes much of her writing to helping people understand U.S. race relations.

"There is no area off limits to me as a writer," Nash said. "I love research and placing personalities and events in historical context. That is why I find history, in general, so exciting."

A leading U.S. race relations writer and author of Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's, Nash's book about life with her Part-Comanche grandmother during the Civil Rights Movement is recognized by the Association of American University Presses as a book for understanding U.S. race relations and is recommended by the Miami-Dade Public Library System in Florida for Native American collections. 

Sunny Nash began her media career as a Country-Western Radio Talk-Show Host and News Reporter. Later, she became Program Director of a National Public Radio Affiliate and a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered. When Nash took her broadcast career to television, her production, “We Have Something to Say,” a documentary about educationally and physically challenged students, won a nomination for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the theme song won nomination for a Sammy Davis, Jr., Songwriting Award. Her TV show, “Arts & Entertainment Magazine,” won Charter Communications 2004 TV Producer of the Year Award

In 2018, Nash was recognized by the California Indian Museum & Cultural Center for study of legacy preservation and protection. In 2017, Nash was honored for Cultural Heritage Programs by the California Senate; in 2016, the American Business Women’s Association presented her the Shine Award for Journalism; in 2015, she was nominated for a Guggenheim Award; in 2014, she won the Ottis Lock Award & Research Grant for historic photographic restoration, preservation and exhibition, The Peterson Legacy, displayed at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Also in 2014, she won a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Award to moderate a panel for the program, Created Equal

In 2008, Nash was invited to join as an author in the Harvard University African American National Biography, an eight volume collection published by Oxford University Press. A three-time winner of Arts Council for Long Beach (CA) Professional Artist Fellowships, Nash also won the commission to produce artists’ portraits, curate the public art pieces, and design and edit “SPIN 2007,” an official commemorative museum catalogue of the Amgen Tour de California Bike Race.

 Nash's work is included in the book, Reflections in Black: a History of Black Photographers from 1840-Present (W.W. Norton, New York 2000), which became the Smithsonian Exhibition, Reflections in Black, and toured internationally.

Bigmama Didn't Shop at Woolworth's by Sunny Nash

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Award-winning author, Sunny Nash writes about U.S. race relations and civil rights history because Jim Crow laws so affected her childhood and young adult development. In her book, Bigmama Didn't Shop at Woolworth's (Texas A&M University Press), she tells the stories of her life growing up with her part-Comanche grandmother and family during the Civil Rights Movement.

In her memoir, based on her syndicated newspaper columns in the Hearst newspaper, The Houston Chronicle, and the Knight-Ridder newspaper,  The Eagle, Nash dared to cover the effects of Jim Crow laws when this era was still fresh in the memory of American society. 

Nash broached Jim Crow through her personal experiences as well as national events as Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Brown v the Board of Education, the Woolworth Sit-ins, the Freedom Riders an other protests. 

Sunny Nash continues her theme in her blogs, books and articles and also covers most issues in American culture and life, including music, entertainment, film, literature, sports, medicine, government and other areas of society. 

Triumph Over Racism by Sunny Nash

An acclaimed photographer, Nash's photography toured internationally with the Smithsonian exhibition, Reflections in Black, published in the W.W. Norton book, Reflections in Black: a photographic history of black photographers, 1840 - the present. Nash, whose photography was exhibited at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, is recognized by Women in Photography InternationalNash won a Nomination for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. In 2004, she won Charter Communications Producer of the Year Award. In 2008, she became a biographer for the African American National Biography, a joint project of Harvard University and Oxford Press. Nash won three California Arts Council Fellowships 2003, 2010 and 2014.

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