Frank Sanchez, right, visits with R.G. Bobby Villegas, center, and Matthew Villegas at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Thursday. Noah Vernau Photo
The Community Foundation of Chaves County held its third annual Community Foundation Honors event Thursday at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, recognizing Frank Sanchez as the organization’s 2012 honoree. Sanchez was selected for his lifelong contributions and commitment to helping the residents of Chaves County and beyond.
Born in Roswell in 1950, Sanchez is roundly considered one of New Mexico’s most active grassroots community organizers. Before Sanchez had even reached 21 years of age, he became co-founder of the Chicano Youth Association, which helped confront discriminatory practices in the Portales school district. The hard work of his spirited organization led to a landmark case that set a national precedent for bilingual education.