Mr. Dinkins, Would You Please Be My Mayor?


David Dinkins attends an event at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, where the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College marked the publication of "Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream" with a conference examining the mayoralty of New York City Mayor John Lindsay, on Thursday, March 20, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision for Hunter College/AP Images)
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David Dinkins, the first and only Black mayor of New York City, has passed at 93.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1927, Dinkins was an HBCU grad of Howard University and served in many roles in New York City.
Dinkins was elected New York City Mayor in 1989, but lost re-election bid in 1993. In his 2013 memoir, he said not being re-elected was “Racism, plain and simple.”

Dinkins died Monday evening at his home on Manhattan’s Upper East
Side. His wife of 27 years, Joyce Dinkins, passed away a little over a
month ago on October 11 at age 89.

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Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Congress, center, listens at a news conference with New York City Mayor David Dinkins, left, and businessman Earl Graves on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1991 in New York, after an African-American business leaders breakfast at Graves New York office. (AP Photo/Joe Major)
Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, right and his wife Joyce listen as the Star Spangle Banner is sung during a ceremony to rename the Manhattan Municipal Building to the David N. Dinkins Building, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New York. Dinkins served as New York City Mayor from from 1990 to 1993. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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