David Norman Dinkins (born July 10, 1927) is an American politician and activist. He served as the 106th Mayor of New York City from January 1, 1990 through December 31, 1993. He lost reelection in 1993 to Rudy Giuliani. He was the first African American mayor of New York City.
Dinkins was born on July 10, 1927 in Trenton, New Jersey. He studied at Harvard University and at the Brooklyn Law School. Dinkins is still married to Joyce Burrows. They have two children. He now lives in New York City.
- Cheers, D. Michael. "Mayor of 'The Big Apple': 'nice guy' image helps David N. Dinkins in building multi-ethnic, multiracial coalition – New York City", Ebony (magazine), February 1990. Accessed September 4, 2008.
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- Finding Aid for the David N. Dinkins Papers housed at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- David Dinkins's oral history video excerpts at The National Visionary Leadership Project