David Dinkins July 10,1927: David Dinkins was born. He served as the 106th Mayor of New York City, from 1990 to 1993. He was the first and is, to date, the only African American to hold that office. He turns 86 years old today.
First African American mayor of New York City and Howard University graduate (LA B.S., 1950, mathematics) The Honorable David N. Dinkins received the LL.D. in 1992 as he served for the Howard University Opening Convocation Speaker.
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.