Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woorworth's by Sunny NashSunny Nash's book, Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's, was recognized as a resource in the understanding of race relations in the United States.

“My book, 'Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's,' began in the 1990s. I was writing for Hearst and Knight-Ridder newspapers. The stories were from my childhood in the Jim Crow South with my part-Comanche grandmother, Bigmama, my parents, relatives, friends, and others. A managing editor at Texas A&M University Press, Mary Lenn Dixon, saw the merit in compiling these stories into a book and approached me about creating a manuscript of selected articles for review and eventual publication. What a break! I agreed. And the book was born." Nash said.

Robin Fruble of Southern California said, "Every white person in America should read this book (Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's)! Sunny Nash writes the story of her childhood without preaching or ranting but she made me realize for the first time just how much skin color changes how one experiences the world. But if your skin color is brown, it matters a great deal to a great number of people. I needed to learn that. Sunny Nash is a great teacher," Fruble said.


Sunny Nash received an Arts Fellowship in writing from the California Public Corporation for the Arts and won first place in the Houston (Texas) Literary Competition. Her music biographies were published in the African American National Biography, an eight volume comprehensive study and collaboration between Harvard and Oxford. We Have Something To Say, a television documentary written and produced by Sunny Nash, illustrating how the use of the computer in teaching children with physical and learning challenges, was nominated for a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Nash also received a Charter Communications Producer of the Year Award (2004) for her talk and entertainment series, "Arts & Entertainment Magazine." Nash's photography has been included in Reflections in Black: a history of black photographers, 1840-present. Her work has been collected by many museums and libraries worldwide, including the Schomburg Center for the Study of African American Culture, the Smithsonian Institution and the Center for American History. Nash is recognized by Women in Photography International and the African American Photographers Guild.