New York City’s 1st Black Mayor David Dinkins, has passed at 93

David Dinkins did not settle for systemic limitations and persisted his way to reroute history by being New York City’s first Black Mayor in 1989.

Source: Keith Torrie/ New York Daily News
Source: AP

Dinkins broke ground and racial barriers that year ultimately defeating Ed Koch (Democrat) and Rudy Giuliani (Republican) and went on to become the city’s 106th mayor. Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed his passing of natural causes in his Upper East Side Manhattan home on Monday. Giuliani sent his “deepest condolences” via twitter saying “He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great city. That service is respected and honored by all.” Dinkins served a single term as Mayor and despite racial tensions that were critically present during his service the historic Mayor made a lasting impact throughout his tenure that outreached his time in office and lifetime in general. David Dinkins was preceded in death a month prior by his loving wife of over fifty years Joyce Dinkins.


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