In Memoriam: David Norton Dinkins, 1927-2020

David Dinkins, the 106th mayor of New York City and former professor in the practice of public policy at the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia University, died at his home in New York on November 23. He was 93 years old.

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University said that “we feel with his passing the end of an era. We knew David as the rest of New York did, as a person of wisdom, empathy, uncompromising integrity, and homespun humor, all qualities regrettably becoming vanishingly rare in public life. David was a steadfast leader for social justice, in detail and as a symbol. And, for me, he was a trusted and endlessly supportive advisor and friend.”

Dinkins was born and raised in the New York City metropolitan area. After serving the Marines, Dinkins earned a bachelor’s degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a juris doctorate at Brooklyn Law School.

Dinkins practiced law in the city and then represented a city district in the New York State Assembly. He was then elected Manhattan Borough President and in 1989, mayor of New York City. He was defeated for reelection in 1993 by Rudy Giuliani. After his defeat, Dinkins concentrated on being an educator. His teaching career at Columbia University spanned more than a quarter century.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Recruited for Federal Student Pathway Program for Careers in Public Service

The Pathway Public Service Program was established in 2019 to develop the next generation of diverse, qualified, and motivated public health servants. Over the past five years, the program has hired over 100 student interns.

Five Black Scholars Selected for New Faculty Positions

The five Black scholars who aer taking on new roles are Khadene Harris at Rice University in Houston, Nakia Melecio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bettina Drake at Washington University in St. Louis, Arlette Ngoubene Atioky at Goucher College in Maryland, and Kandi Hill-Clarke at the University of Memphis.

Getty Images to Preserve Digital Photo Archives at Delaware State University

Currently, Delaware State University's photo archives contain thousands of photographs taken over the course of the university's 133 year history. Thanks to a new partnership with Getty Images, those images will be digitized and made available on gettyimages.com.

Porché Spence Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Diversity in Ecology

Dr. Spence currently serves as an assistant professor of environmental studies at North Carolina A&T State University. Throughout her career, she has developed several educational programs geared towards introducing students of color to environmental science fields.

Featured Jobs