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Hispanic Heritage Month: Rev. Jacinto Alderete


The Rev. Jacinto Alderete didn’t know he was Mexican until he moved to Texas.  Born in New Mexico, he had never experienced prejudice before according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

Alderete graduated from Pan American University at Edinburg, and Southern Methodist University where he obtained his master’s degree.

After he completed graduate school, Alderete served at a church in Harlingen, where he became involved in the civil rights movement.

He and his wife moved to Amarillo in 1967 when he accepted the position as executive director of the Wesley Community Center.  He held that position for 31 years.

More about the honors and the life of Rev. Jacinto Adlerete is available from the Amarillo Globe-News