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Sunny Nash Speaks To Historic Preservation Committee

February 22, 2013
Sunny Nash, Author of Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's

Sunny Nash, Author of Bigmama Didn’t Shop At Woolworth’s

Sunny Nash Speaks To Historic Preservation Committee

Immediate Release – Sunny Nash speaks at a luncheon hosted by the Historic Preservation Committee of the College Station Parks & Recreation Dept. about her upcoming exhibition at the George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the City of College Station.

Internationally acclaimed photographer, award-winning writer and leading author on U.S. race relations, Sunny Nash, is creating the exhibition from her research, chronicling the lives of College Station African Americans. Nash’s research was recently collected by Brazos Valley Speaks, an Oral History committee of the Carnegie History Center in Bryan, which will loan Nash’s collection to the City of College Station for display at the Presidential Library this Fall.

Photographs, documents, books and journals from Nash’s Carnegie collection are the results of her participation in a Texas A&M University excavation and historical research project, for which she conducted oral history interviews with descendants of some of College Station’s first African American landowners, and reproduced and restored their family pictures and documents for publication and for the purpose of nominating their property for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

A 1977 Texas A&M University graduate in journalism and broadcast communications, who now  lives in Southern California, Nash is a former Bryan-College Station Eagle and Houston Chronicle columnist, nationally syndicated by Black Conscious Syndication in New York, in which she wrote about her Brazos Valley childhood in the 1950s and 1960s with her part-Comanche grandmother during the Civil Rights Movement. Literary essays from Nash’s columns about her childhood formed the basis for her book, Bigmama Didn’t Shop At Woolworth’s (Texas A&M University Press), recognized by the Association of American University Presses for its value in understanding U.S. race relations and recommended for Native American collections by the Miami-Dade Public Library System in Florida.

Robin Fruble of Southern California said, “Every white person in America should read this book! 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.

Nash is a biographer in the Harvard University and the Oxford University Press project, African-American National Biography. Her writing has been collected in hundreds of mainstream books and journals, such as Ancestry and True West Magazine. Recognized by the Black Photographers’ Guild and Women in Photography International, Nash’s photography is published in Reflections in Black: a history of black photographers 1840-present (W.W. Norton). In addition to the Carnegie History Center, Nash has photography collected by the Houston Public Library, New York’s Schomburg Center and the Smithsonian.

The Historic Preservation Committee luncheon on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, starts at 11:30 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, in College Station. The event is open to the public. Reservations are required. Nash will sign copies of her book, Bigmama Didn’t Shop At Woolworth’s.

Sunny Nash is also writes a popular blog, Race Relations in America. Be sure to visit her webpage, www.sunnynash.com.

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