Prince remembered on World AIDS Day

Published 5:22 am Sunday, December 3, 2023

 Selma AIR honored its late Executive Director Mel Prince on Thursday at World AIDS Day.

Prince, who passed away on Dec. 28, 2022, was honored throughout the program held at the Anchor. Prince’s sister, Pamela Underwood-Prince, and her widower, Willie Prince, each received plaques that honored her.

Tears ran down the face of LaTanglia Williams-Dozier Williams-Dozier as she and Selma AIR employees Erica Heard Norfleet and Williams-Dozier each presented plaques to Prince’s family. Larry Cowan presented the art work.

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“I couldn’t get a job after I was released from jail, but Mel Prince gave me a chance,” Williams-Dozier  said. “Mel Prince said, “I don’t give a damn what other people think.”

VIIV Healthcare External Affairs Community SLMA Liason Tony Billups praised Prince for supporting him when he contracted HIV in the early 1990’s. Billups praised Prince’s vision and dedication for running Selma AIR. The program was joyous throughout its two-hours and community members celebrated Prince’s life.

Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn presented a proclamation to Selma AIR from Dallas County, praising the company for building on what Prince started.

Dallas County Circuit Clerk Lynnethia Bennett sang Ben E. King’s iconic song, “Stand By Me,’’ and the audience sang along.

Selma City Councilman Sam Randolph and Dallas County Commissioner Curtis Williams, Williams-Dozier’s father, both delivered greetings to the audience.

Selma AIR sponsored World AIDS Day.