David Dinkins


1927 –


Who is David Dinkins?

David Norman Dinkins is an American politician who served as the 106th Mayor of New York City, from 1990 to 1993. He was the first, and to date only, African American to hold that office.

Before entering politics, Dinkins served in the US Marine Corps, graduated cum laude from Howard University, and received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He served as Manhattan borough president before becoming mayor. Under the Dinkins administration, crime in New York City decreased more dramatically and more rapidly than at any time in previous New York City history. After leaving office Dinkins was named professor of public affairs at Columbia University. Dinkins was a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Tennis Association, and a member of The Jazz Foundation of America. He serves on the boards of the New York City Global Partners, the Children's Health Fund, the Association to Benefit Children and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.


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Jul 10, 1927
Also known as
  • Mayor David Dinkins
  • David Norman Dinkins
  • David N. Dinkins
  • United States of America
  • Howard University
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Trenton Central High School
  • Columbia University
Lived in
  • Trenton

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