Friday, November 27, 2020

NBCSL'S STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DAVID DINKINS.

NBCSL'S STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DAVID DINKINS.

Fmr. NY Mayor David Dinkins


Washington DC —The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) morns the passing of former New York City Mayor, David Dinkins and we extend our heartfelt sorrow to the Dinkins' children, David, Jr. and Donna. Mayor Dinkins was preceded in death by his wife Joyce, who passed in October of this year.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, to service industry workers, Dinkins graduated at the top of his class and sought to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corp where he served until 1946. Subsequently, Dinkins graduated cum laude, from Howard University while majoring in Mathematics and later earned his Bachelors of Law from Brooklyn Law School. His legal practice quickly connected him with city political leaders. After a brief debut in the New York State Assembly, Dinkins focused on city politics, holding the positions of New York City Clerk, and Manhattan Borough President. His intellect, charisma, and skill helped him break the glass ceiling to become the first African American mayor of New York City.

"Long before our founding, Mayor Dinkins was committed to the policies we champion today, and to our fight for social justice; especially law enforcement reform. Through investing resources in policing he began the work we continue today to ensure the end of senseless police violence against communities of color," said NBCSL President Gilda Cobb-Hunter.

NBCSL honors the life and legacy of this groundbreaking patriarch, veteran and public servant with a firm commitment that his service was not given in vain.

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