David Dinkins

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BornDavid Norman Dinkins
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedNovember 23, 2020 (Age 93)
Alma materHoward University, Brooklyn Law School
SpouseJoyce Burrows
Member ofAction Council for Peace in the Balkans, Council on Foreign Relations/Historical Members
Mayor of New York City from 1990 to 1993.

Employment.png Mayor of New York City Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 1, 1990 - December 31, 1993
Preceded byEd Koch
Succeeded byRudy Giuliani

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In office
January 1, 1986 - December 31, 1989

David Norman Dinkins was an American politician, lawyer, and author who was made 106th Mayor of New York City from 1990 to 1993, becoming the first African American to hold the office.

Before entering politics, Dinkins was among the more than 20,000 Montford Point Marines, the first African-American U.S. Marines; he served from 1945 to 1946.[1] He graduated cum laude from Howard University[2] and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1956. A longtime member of Harlem's Carver Democratic Club, Dinkins began his electoral career by serving in the New York State Assembly in 1966, eventually advancing to Manhattan borough president[3] before becoming mayor. After leaving office, Dinkins joined the faculty of Columbia University while remaining active as an éminence grise in municipal politics.

He is cofounder of Black Americans in Support of Israel Committee[4] and was one of the signatories of the Action Council for Peace in the Balkans.