IN MEMORIAM: David Dinkins, New York’s First and Only Black Mayor, Dies at 93


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Dinkins was viewed as a compromise candidate during a time of turmoil in New York. Elected a year after the infamous 1989 “Central Park jogger” incident that led to the wrongful convictions of five Black and Hispanic boys, Dinkins proved to be a cautious and stoic figure who was a competent caretaker of the city, including its many fiscal, social and political challenges. Dinkins’ administration followed that of one of New York City’s most storied politicians, Ed Koch. (Photo by Steve Mack/S.D. Mack Pictures, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)