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David Dinkins, NYC’s First Black Mayor Has Passed Away

Written by on November 25, 2020

On Monday night, New York City’s first Black Mayor, David Dinkins passed away at 93 in his home on the upper east side in Manhattan.

His death comes around a month after his wife, Joyce passed in October.

Many of his colleagues on both sides of the political spectrum took time to remember him for his accomplishments as a man of the people and as a “trailblazer who paved the way for other Black politicians.”

David Patterson, the first Black New York Governor said this about Dinkins:

“David was a historic mayor. He showed that a Black candidate can win biracial support in a citywide race.”

Reverend Al Sharpton also commented on the passing, saying:

“David Dinkins was a forerunner to Barack Obama. He was elected saying the same things. He helped to change the psychology of American politics, making it more inclusive and more progressive.”


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