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Civil Rights Pioneer George I. Sánchez

May 22, 2020 – In an interview recorded earlier this year, correspondent Russell Contreras sat down with Cynthia Kennedy for a deeply personal tribute to her grandfather: author, educator and civil rights leader George I. Sanchez. His book “Forgotten People: A Study of New Mexicans,” first published in 1940, looked at the status of education among Mexican Americans and Native Americans. It was a pioneering work, as it was the first book of its kind written by someone who was himself a person of color. His granddaughter, also an educator, speaks of her determination to not let his legacy be forgotten.   

Correspondent: Russell Contreras 

Cynthia Kennedy, granddaughter of educator and civil rights pioneer George I. Sanchez