Chicano Highlights: Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr.

Robert "El Beto-man" Tijerina interviews LatinoLA's co-founder and editor

By Steven Carlos Chavez
Published on LatinoLA: August 11, 2011

Chicano Highlights: Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr.

Thank you for visiting this special feature of "Chicano Highlights" with your host Robert "El Beto-man" Tijerina here on the This is an interview from July 2011 with Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr. He is founder of, a user-generated website celebrating Latino voices, lives and souls. Also, he is a Director at the Mexican Cultural Institute in La Placita Olvera Street in Los Angeles, CA.

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Abelardo de la Pe??a's parents are from Jalisco, Mexico and were married in Guadalajara. They moved to California shortly thereafter. Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr. was born in Long Beach and grew up in the Wilmington area, also known as "Wilmas" to the locals. He grew up with his two sisters and three brothers and graduated from high school in 1971. That same year, he joined the United States Army.

He is married with four children and his two sons have served as medics in the US Army. Abelardo continued his education and achieved his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He also enjoyed the music revolution of the late 1960s as an aficionado and musician. He was active and involved in his community.

In July of 1999, Abelardo introduced his web site onto the world-wide internet. He serves as El Editor since the first day. He considers it a community blog that is open to anyone who has a topic to discuss, and preferably related to the Latino community.

There they publish national events, poetry, short stories, book reviews and profiles of prominent individuals, Chicano music, information about special events and fund raisers, and a Calendar page to list any stage plays, car shows, and other cultural events. is a big supporter of the recent Radio Aztlan events at the University of California, Riverside and wants to continue to support and report.

Everyone is welcomed to contribute. We invite you to check out at

Abelardo is also a Director at the Mexican Cultural Institute, which is located at 125 Paseo de la Plaza, #100 Los Angeles 90017 (323)821-6898. at Olvera.Street, the birth place of the city. It is a mini-museum, a gallery, a resource center, and a library. The Mexican Cultural Institute is the premier venue for the expression of traditional and contemporary art and culture from the Mexican, Mexican American and Chicano perspective.

For more information, their web site The current exhibit titled "El Movimiento en Los Angeles; Origin and Legacy" in the Downstairs Gallery. Open noon to 6 pm, Thursdays through Sundays. More information here.

Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr. believes that it is important to everyone, especially our younger generation, to understand that perseverance, pride and persistence are important ideas and guides for success and that "No one can take away your education and learning. It is yours forever."

Thank you for stopping by "Chicano Highlights" with your host Robert "El Beto-man" Tijerina, on the Radio Aztlan KUCR 88.3 FM. The interview was recorded at the University of California, Riverside and edited for rebroadcasted here on the East LA internet radio for your convenience.

We thank you for your continued support and ask that you stop by again.

Recording Time 30m 54s

About Steven Carlos Chavez:
Supporter and contributor to and Radio Aztlan KUCR. Founder and operations Manager for East LA Internet Radio.
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