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Cultural Alliance Long Beach Sponsors School Program by Sunny Nash

January 2, 2019

Sunny Nash, Author-Journalist

Cultural Alliance Long Beach (CALB) sponsored “How a Child Builds Legacy” to celebrate the anniversary of the renaming of Bobbie Smith Elementary School.

“Cultural Alliance Long Beach supports universal concepts of art, as more than traditional forms of creative expression,” said Victor Ladd, CALB Vice President. “Art embraces traditional forms, as well as the preservation of expressions of cultural heritage, which Sunny Nash will demonstrate in her presentation to Long Beach students.”

How a Child Builds Legacy - Student "Time Capsule" Activity - Smith Elementary, Long Beach CA

How a Child Builds Legacy – Student “Time Capsule” Activity

Sunny Nash and Smith Elementary Students, Long Beach CA

Sunny Nash and Smith Elementary Students

In addition to CALB, How a Child Builds Legacy is also supported in part by the Arts Council for Long Beach; Alta Cooke, former Jordan High School Principal; community activist, Carolyn Smith Watts; Robin Perry & Associates; Building Future Leaders; and the City of Long Beach. The program features an exhibition, interactive lecture, demonstrations, and a Time Capsule. Nash’s inspiration for this program comes from her training in archaeological interpretation with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Bobbie Smith Presents "Time Capsule" to Smith Elementary Principal, Monica Alas

Bobbie Smith Presents “Time Capsule” to Smith Elementary Principal, Monica Alas

Nash refined the program using her study in United Nations Programmes involving diplomacy; world culture; universal access to knowledge; public political engagement; and global conversations on historical preservation, stewardship, social and gender issues, finance, folklore and art. “All of these areas seemed to come together for me,” Nash said. “That was the impetus for the Time Capsule.”

Using her exhibit, Nash introduces and encourages students to preserve daily journals, digital data, artwork, report cards, awards, memorabilia, photographs and keepsakes to create a record of their lives. Emphasizing early academic commitment and continued scholarship, Nash will share with students how her interest in preservation while in elementary school evolved into a journalism career and her tool for contributing to national and global conversations.

Sunny Nash Helping Smith Elementary Student Understand Legacy

Sunny Nash Helping Smith Elementary Student Understand Legacy

“My legacy began with my earliest realizations that I exist,” Nash said. “When I was quite young, I developed the desire to leave a mark of my existence for kids in the future to understand how my family lived and what we did with our lives—to leave our legacy—and show how individual choices can make a difference in a family; and how collective choices of families can make a difference to society.”

Items on display will be Nash’s newspaper columns about life with her part-Comanche grandmother during the Civil Rights Movement, published originally in the State Lines Section of Texas Magazine in the Sunday Edition of The Houston Chronicle. The column and other articles Nash authored were syndicated nationally by Hearst, Knight-Ridder and Black Conscience in New York.

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

Bigmama Didn’t Shop At Woolworth’s by Sunny Nash

Selections from her column were collected into her book, Bigmama Didn’t Shop At Woolworth’s, recognized by the Association of American University Presses as a book for understanding U.S. race relations, and recommended by Miami-Dade Public Library System for Native American Collections.

Bobbie Smith was the first African American elected to the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education, where she served 16 years as president; Smith was the first African American women elected to public office in Long Beach, California; and Smith was the First African American Head Librarian and Faculty Senate President at Long Beach City College.

Bobbie Smith Front of School

Bobbie Smith

Bobbie Smith said, “I am very pleased to have Sunny Nash present her work and interact with students at Smith Elementary. I have known and worked with Sunny on many projects through the years and appreciate her dedication to contribute to the culture of Long Beach.”


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