David Dinkins was sworn in as New York City’s 1st African-American mayor, and is, to date, the only African American to hold that office. MAYORALTY: Dinkins entered office pledging racial healing, and famously referred to New York City’s demographic diversity as a “gorgeous mosaic.” Dinkins’ term wa...David Dinkins was sworn in as New York City’s 1st African-American mayor, and is, to date, the only African American to hold that office. MAYORALTY: Dinkins entered office pledging racial…
Elected to the state assembly in 1965, David Dinkins later served as president of elections for New York City, as city clerk, and as Manhattan borough president before he successfully ran for mayor in 1989. Both ethnic tensions and crime increased during his term, and while he was the first black mayor of New York, he became the first black mayor of a major U.S. city to be denied reelection.
In 1990 David Dinkins became the first African American Mayor of New York. In 1993 Rudolph Guiliani was elected. He succeeded in reducing crime in New York. | ... this photo david dinkins attends the friars club's roast
David Dinkins- Former Mayor of New York City Dinkins was born in Trenton, N.J., on July 10, 1927. Although Dinkins did spend time in Harlem as a child, he returned to Trenton to complete high school. Entering the U.S. Marines right after high school, Dinkins served as one of the Montford Point Marines and earned a Congressional Gold Medal from Congress for their efforts.
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