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.
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.