NM group to honor noted 'forgotten' Latino scholar

Posted at: 02/09/2013 12:23 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A group of retired educators are working to honor a Mexican-American scholar who is celebrated across the country but virtually unknown in New Mexico where he was born.

An ad hoc committee is working on a series of projects aimed at honoring the late-George I. Sanchez.

In addition, state lawmakers are scheduled next week to read a memorial about his contributions to Latino education.

Retired University of New Mexico bilingual education professor Luisa Duran says the committee also is looking into ways to name a street and building after Sanchez, who wrote the 1940 classic book "Forgotten People" about plight of poor Mexican Americans in Taos.

Dozen or so schools in Texas and California are named in honor of Sanchez. But no school in New Mexico bears his name.

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