Bigmama Didn't Shop at Woolworth's

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Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's is a memoir by Sunny Nash about life[1] during the Civil Rights Movement. It[2] was chosen as an Association of American University Presses Book for Understanding U.S. Race Relations.[3] The book was also recommended by the Miami-Dade Public Library System for Native American Collections.

The book, still in print and collected worldwide,[4] consists of a collection of articles from Nash's newspaper column[5] in The Houston Chronicle (Sunday Edition of Texas Magazine in the State Lines Section).[clarification needed]

A selection from Nash's column, "A Mission Completed For Doll," was published in the collection State Lines, edited by Ken Hammond,[6] illustrated by Rolf Laub,[7] with a foreword by Leon Hale. The selection was also published in Nash's book.[8]

The book was included in The Writers Harvest: The National Reading to Benefit Hunger and Poverty.[9]

Based on the book, Melody Graulich presented the paper, "The Spaces of Segregation,"[10] at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting.


The Library Journal recommended Bigmama for black studies or Texas history collections, writing, "Nash tells a story of the wrongs of racial prejudice..."[11] and the School Library Journal wrote, "Young people will learn a lot from this book."[11]

Glencoe literature: the reader's choice explained, "Edgar Gabriel Silex and Sunny Nash honor grandparents whose dignity inspired them..."[12]

It has also been reviewed by Publishers Weekly,[13] the Mississippi Quarterly,[14] The Western Journal of Black Studies,[15] and the Los Angeles Times.[16]


  1. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Bigmama Didn't Shop at Woolworth's by Sunny Nash". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  2. ^ McLELLAN, DENNIS (18 May 1997). "Fierce Pride in Her Bigmama". Retrieved 23 July 2017 – via LA Times.
  3. ^ "Books for Understanding: Race Relations in the U.S." Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  4. ^ Nash, Sunny (23 July 1996). "Bigmama didn't shop at Woolworth's". College Station : Texas A&M University Press. Retrieved 23 July 2017 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "State Lines: A song of his own making". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  6. ^ "State Lines by Ken Hammond: Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX 9780890965627 Soft Cover, First Edition. - Texas Star Books". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Illustrations from Houston Chronicle featured at Fondren exhibit". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  8. ^ "State Lines - Texas A&M University Consortium Press". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
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  11. ^ a b "Bigmama didn't shop at Woolworth's". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  12. ^ Glencoe/Mcgraw-Hill (2001). Glencoe literature: The reader's choice. ISBN 9780028179353.
  13. ^ "Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. July 29, 1996. Retrieved July 24, 2017. What Nash does best is open a window on a neighborhood where heroism was often a matter of just getting by.
  14. ^ Lasch-Quinn, Elisabeth (September 22, 1998). "Bigmama Didn't Shop at Woolworth's (Review)". Mississippi Quarterly. Archived from the original on July 2, 2017 – via HighBeam Research.
  15. ^ Melody Graulich (June 2015). "Spatial Injustice, Texas-Style: Why Bigmama Didn't Shop at Woolworth's". The Western Journal of Black Studies. Washington State University Press. 39 (2): 114–124. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  16. ^ Dennis McLellan (May 20, 1997). "Lessons From Candy Hill". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 24, 2017. "Bigmama Didn't Shop at Woolworth's" (Texas A & M University Press, 1997) is a collection of true-life stories--64 nostalgic vignettes ranging from two to five pages--that Nash wrote for Black Consciousness, a newspaper syndicate.