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World New York City's first Black mayor dies aged 93: US media

12:07  24 november  2020
12:07  24 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The first African - American mayor of New York on his rise to City Hall and his fall after criticism of his handling of the racial violence in Crown Heights David N. Dinkins, a barber’s son who became New York City ’ s first Black mayor on the wings of racial harmony but who was turned out by voters after

The first and only black mayor of New York City has died at the age of 93 . Born in 1927, David Dinkins studied at Howard University and Brooklyn Law School. He later went on to serve as the city ' s mayor from 1990 to 1993. His successor

David Dinkins, New York City's first Black mayor, has died, US media reported late Monday. He was 93.

David Dinkins, Len Burnett Jr. posing for the camera: New York City's first Black mayor David Dinkins greets US President Barack Obama in 2011 © Mandel NGAN New York City's first Black mayor David Dinkins greets US President Barack Obama in 2011

The Democrat served as leader of the city from 1990 to 1993 after defeating Rudy Giuliani and Edward Koch.

His tenure was marked by racial strife -- most notably the Crown Heights riots -- and criticism that he was not up to the job.

Dinkins died from natural causes at home, the New York Times reported, less than two months after his wife Joyce also passed away.

David Dinkins et al. standing in front of a curtain: Dinkins and his wife Joyce celebrates after winning the mayoralty in 1989 © Ron HAVIV Dinkins and his wife Joyce celebrates after winning the mayoralty in 1989

A compromise candidate who remains New York's only Black mayor, he inherited a city marked by racism, poverty and violence.

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David Dinkins, who was elected New York City ’ s first black mayor in 1989 and famously referred Mayor David Dinkins and former Representative Charlie Rangel meet with Nelson Mandela during a “At times even those of us who were his supporters didn’t realize how important Dinkin’s election was.

David Dinkins delivers his first speech as mayor of New York in 1990. Photograph: Frankie Ziths/AP. In recent years, he was given more credit for those “The example Mayor David Dinkins set for all of us shines brighter than the most powerful lighthouse imaginable,” said the New York attorney general

More than a million New Yorkers were on welfare following the recession, and over 1,000 murders were being reported annually.

Dinkins was elected as a stabilizing force, and famously described New York as a "gorgeous mosaic," but he struggled to make headway.

Responsible for enlarging the police force to combat crime following the murder of a Utah tourist, he slashed the city's budgets for education, housing, health, and social services.

But Dinkins also appointed one of the city's most diverse cabinets -- including numerous women, and New York's first Puerto Rican fire commissioner and an openly gay Black psychiatrist as its mental health commissioner.

He was incapable of controlling his headstrong cabinet, the New York Times said, and he was heavily criticised for the subsequent policy gridlock.

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Known for his tailored linen suits and unfailing courtesy, critics often suggested that Dinkins was "too nice" to lead the city.

- 'We have made history' -

Born July 10 1927, Dinkins grew up in Trenton, New Jersey, the New York Times reported.

In 1945, he joined the Marines and later attended the historically Black Howard University, where he majored in mathematics.

He married classmate Joyce,  and the couple moved back to New York where Dinkins practised as a lawyer after putting himself through Brooklyn Law School, the New York Post reported.

He was appointed City Clerk in 1975 and served for a decade, the NYT said, before winning the mayoralty in 1989.

Dinkins was ousted by Giulini after only a single term in office, but in his concession speech, the Washington Post said that he told the crowd: "My friends, we have made history. Nothing can ever take that away."

After office, he taught at Columbia University and hosted a local radio programme, the Post added.

He is survived by his children, Donna and David Jr., two grandchildren.

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