Who is David Dinkins? David Dinkins Bio/Wiki
David Norman Dinkins was an American politician, lawyer, and writer who served from 1990 to 1993 as New York City’s 106th Mayor. He was born on July 10, 1927, in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
He was the first to hold that office and to date, only African American. He died on Monday at his home in Manhattan at the age of 93.
— NAACP (@NAACP) November 24, 2020
He was 93 years old.
Dinkins was among the more than 20,000 Montford Point Marines (trained 1942-1949; Dinkins’ service was 1945-1946) before entering politics. He graduated from Howard University cum laude and received his law degree from the Law School of Brooklyn (1956).
By serving in the 1966 New York State Assembly, Dinkins began his political career, eventually advancing to Manhattan borough president before becoming mayor. After leaving the office, Dinkins joined Columbia University’s faculty.
Dinkins rose through the Democratic Party organization in Harlem while maintaining a private law practice from 1956 to 1975, starting at the Carver Democratic Club under the aegis of J. From Raymond Jones.
David Dinkins, a leader of quiet strength and character, was a dear family friend. Working in the Dinkins Administration, for the first African American mayor of NYC, was one of the greatest honors of my life. pic.twitter.com/yYJWO1pjWq
— Chirlane McCray (@NYCFirstLady) November 24, 2020
He became part of an important group of African American politicians, including Denny Farrell, Percy Sutton, Basil Paterson, and Charles Rangel, the latter three were known as the “Gang of Four” with Dinkins.
Dinkins was one of fifty African American investors as an investor who assisted Percy Sutton in 1971 to found the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation.
Dinkins was also Chairman Emeritus of the AIDS National Black Leadership Commission Board of Directors. He was a college access champion, sitting on the National Board of Directors of the Posse Foundation until his death in 2020.
Dinkins died of natural causes at his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at the age of 93, on November 23, 2020, just over a month after the death of his wife.
Rest In Peace to First Black Mayor of NYC #DavidDinkins True Trailblazer that’s Will be Dearly Missed by Family, Friends Gone Too Soon May Rest in Power Dinkins.
— Koree4Real🗣✊🏾📸✈️ (@superstarboss1) November 24, 2020
Today we mark the passing of former Mayor David Dinkins. An enormous loss to our city, we laud him for a life of service dedicated to the people of this “beautiful mosaic” — he built bridges & strengthened partnerships in every corner of NYC.
Thank you, Mr. Mayor. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/YHK9MOcN1Z
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) November 24, 2020
— HEATHER HUNTER (@HUNTERHEATHER) November 24, 2020
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) November 24, 2020