ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—An Albuquerque-born Mexican-American scholar who is celebrated across the country but until recently was virtually unknown in New Mexico is getting another honor.

The New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education is scheduled in April to honor the late educator with the "Joseph M. Montoya Award" to his grandchildren, Santa Fe teacher Cynthia Kennedy and Texas resident Mark Sprague

Sanchez this month was honored by the New Mexico Legislature more than 70 years after the same body scorned him.

A son of an Arizona miner, Sanchez worked his way out of poverty as a rural public school teacher in New Mexico to become a pioneer scholar and education activist.

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


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