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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.

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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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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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Margaret Hamburg with New York City Mayor David Dinkins and her family after being sworn in as health commissioner, 1992

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African American Day Parade in New York City

NYC African American Day Parade: Grand Marshals Charles Rangel and David Dinkins

History-November 7, 1989: David Dinkins Becomes First Black Mayor Of New York On this day in 1989, David Dinkins was elected, making him the first black mayor of New York City.

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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