The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday the death of Kirk Myers-Hill. Myers-Hill founded in 2005 Abounding Prosperity, an organization that focuses on health disparities of the Black LGBTQ+ community in Dallas County. Also, WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, aired a segment honoring Myers-Hill’s many accomplishments.
Jacobi Hunter-Wright, who leads AIDS United’s capacity building program, worked with Myers-Hill and Abounding Prosperity for nearly five years before joining AIDS United in 2020. He responded to Myers-Hill’s death by saying:
Kirk will forever be remembered by all who knew him as a “champion of the people.” Much of the work he carried forward will serve as the footprints of his legacy for years to come. Through his works, words and presence, he created a template for true advocacy with the rewards of those efforts being felt not only in Dallas, but nationwide. He will truly be missed by all those he touched.
Jesse Milan Jr., AIDS United’s president and CEO, responded to Myers-Hill passing by saying:
I was absolutely shocked and saddened when I heard Kirk had died suddenly. He was a passionate leader that had a major impact on his community. His work was inspiring to Black LGBTQ people, both in Dallas and around the country. As a Black gay man, I was inspired by his work and tenacity, and I am grateful for his leadership and legacy.
He had a laser-like focus on his community and getting the resources they needed to live and thrive. That included several grants from AIDS United over the years. His work as a grantee was always effective and transformational.
Kirk’s impact on his local community and the world will not end with his death. I am sending my deepest sympathy to his family, friends and to the entire Abounding Prosperity community as they process this loss.
The entire AIDS United community offers our condolences to the many who knew and loved Myers-Hill.