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David Norman Dinkins (born July 10, 1927) is a former politician and 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.

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Mr. Simmie Knox is a presidential portrait artist who is internationally renowned. This is his painting of David Dinkins, Former Mayor, New York City.

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David Dinkins: Visionary Videos: NVLP: African American History

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David Norman Dinkins is the first and to date, the only African American person to hold the position of mayor of New York, 1990-1993. He graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a degree in mathematics. He later graduated from Brooklyn Law School.

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Montford Point Marines: Forgotten First Black Marines: David Dinkins: Montford Point Marine and Former Mayor of New York

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Montford Point Marines: Forgotten First Black Marines: David Dinkins: Montford Point Marine and Former Mayor of New York

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<p> Three time heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is given the first ever Victor Potamkin award belt by Mayor David Dinkins in 1992 in New York (Frederick Watkins, Jr./Ebony Collection)</p>

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The Black Political Rat Pack: David Dinkins (New York’s only Black Mayor), Basil Peterson, Percy Sutton, and Charles Rangel.

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Today in History: January 1 - 1990: Dinkins becomes New York City's mayor - David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City's first African‐American mayor

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.

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