Founder and CEO of Abounding Prosperity, Inc., Kirk Myers-Hill, is remembered as a dedicated civil servant and LGBTQ+ activist.
DALLAS — Some community members in South Dallas mourn the unexpected death of a nonprofit founder, community leader, and activist who dedicated his life to public service.
It was an emotional day outside the office of Abundant Prosperity, Inc. On Tuesday, April 4th, neighbors and loved ones learned that nonprofit founder and CEO Kirk Myers Hill was found unresponsive in his office.
Friends, family, clients, Dallas City Council members and community partners gathered to reminisce about life in Myers Hill.
“It’s too shocking for me,” said neighbor and pastor Rafael Adebayo.
Those who knew him said they remember him as a fierce leader and warrior in the LGBTQ+ community, advocating for every neighbor in underserved communities south of Dallas.
“We lost someone really important to our community, not just as a leader of the community, but as a friend. So I’m really at a loss for words,” said Lamar Glass.
Myers-Hill founded Abounding Prosperity, Inc. in 2005. Through advocacy with non-profit organizations, we focused on bringing a variety of social services and clinical resources to the South Dallas community.
Myers Hill was one of the visionaries behind the HOPE Health and Wellness Center and Pharmacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. He also spearheaded efforts to install his All Black Lives Matter crosswalks in South Dallas.
Myers Hill was also president of the Dallas Southern Pride event, which brings tens of thousands of visitors to North Texas each summer.
“There will definitely be a void, especially here in South Dallas, there will definitely be a void,” said Auntjuan Wiley of AIDS Walk South Dallas.
Recently, Myers Hill shone with pride at one of his last public events. March 15th, City of Dallas renamed Kimble Park to Eileen HJ. Triggmyers Prosperity Park, after her late mother.
Abounding Prosperity’s team said it would close its offices until further notice. An emergency meeting was held on April 4th, and it was unanimously voted to appoint Tamara Stefney as the non-profit’s acting CEO.
Stephney has been with Abounding Prosperity for 12 years and works alongside Myers Hill, the board said.
Friends, including Stepney, said Myers Hill was committed to continuing the service to which he was so passionate.
“The spirit of work remains. Those in need of care, protection, service and leadership can still get it,” said Reverend Will Horn.
“The best way to honor his memory is to continue working and carry on his legacy,” Stephney said. hill. ”
Below are the services scheduled to celebrate the life of Myers Hill.
Community Vigil & Balloon Release
Eileen H. Trigg Myers Prosperity Park
2215 Warren Avenue, Dallas, TX 75215
Fair Park State Hall
3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210
5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX 75235
https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/friends-mourn-passing-of-longtime-south-dallas-community-leader/287-00c44d1d-a479-4d01-bfc0-e9ea852d9022 Kirk Myers-Hill, Founder of Dallas Abounding Prosperity, Inc., Dies