A Fighter For Mexican-American Rights

A Fighter For Mexican-American Rights

Written on 10/19/2022

George Isidore Sanchez was a pioneer in civil rights, fighting for the rights of Mexican-Americans in New Mexico, Texas and throughout the country. He served on the faculty of the University of New Mexico, held several concurrent teaching, chair, and dean positions at The University of Texas at Austin.

He was also the President of the Leauge of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) while spearheading several landmark civil rights aimed court cases focusing on gaining equal public education rights for African-Americans, Native-Americans, and Latin-Americans.

Sanchez is remembered as a leading figure in the early "Mexican-American/Chicano" movement, which culminated during World War II, after heavy involvement with and collaboration between Chicano-Americans and Latin Americans through The Office of Inter-American Affairs. He received his Ed.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Educational Administration, 1934 as a Fellow of the General Education Board.

“… we, Mexican Americans, were betrayed. Screwed, that is,” by the United States.

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