east valley
MLK celebration
committee

P.O. BOX 5634

Mesa, AZ 85211

east valley

dr. mlk jr.

parade and

festival

jan 20, 2020

The Community is invited to join the City of Mesa and the Mesa MLK Committee as we celebrate the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 20, 2020. Community groups, organizations, businesses, churches, dance groups, bands, and regional cities will stroll in Downtown Mesa during this community event.

2020 mlk Parade grand Marshall

Reyna montoya

A DACAmented social entrepreneur, educator and dancer, Reyna Montoya is the founder and CEO of Aliento. She is an alumna of Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. 

Reyna was born in Tijuana, Mexico, 15 minutes from the U.S. and Mexico border, and migrated to Arizona in 2003 fleeing violence. Despite the fear, anxiety and stress of growing undocumented in Arizona and witnessing her dad go through deportation proceedings, Reyna did not lose hope. That is why she took a leap of faith and decided to create Aliento in 2016 after years of organizing and educating both at the local and national levels. 

Through youth-led arts + healing workshops, leadership development and community organizing, Aliento transforms trauma into hope and action for those most impacted by the harms associated with lacking an immigration status. To date, Aliento has touched the lives of over 16, 248 people, of which 8,873 are youth. Under dedicated Reyna's leadership, 687 undocumented, DACA and mixed-status youth have stepped into leadership roles. 

Reyna's contributions to well-being of the undocumented, DACA, and mixed-status community have earned her recognition by Forbes 30 Under 30, the 2019 Phoenix Chamber ATHENA Awards, the Muhammad Ali Center as the 2018 Humanitarian Recipient for Spirituality, 2017 #NBCLatino20, among others.