NYC’s 1st Black mayor dies

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, right, and his wife, Joyce Dinkins, stand at attention as they listen to "The Star-Spangled Banner," during a ceremony renaming the Manhattan Municipal Building to the David N. Dinkins Building, in New York. Dinkins, New York City’s first African-American mayor, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. He was 93. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — David Dinkins, who broke barriers as New York City’s first African American mayor, but was doomed to a single term by a soaring murder rate, stubborn unemployment and his mishandling of a riot in Brooklyn, has died. He was 93.

Dinkins died Monday, the New York City Police Department confirmed. The department said officers were called to the former mayor’s home in the evening. Initial indications were that he died of natural causes.

Dinkins’ death came just weeks after the death of his wife, Joyce, who died in October at the age of 89.


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