David Dinkins


Dinkins Offers Unsolicited Advice to de Blasio

Monday, November 25, 2013


After making education the cornerstone of his successful campaign, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was greeted by a standing ovation Monday at a Columbia University summit on the future of the city’s children. The room was filled with educators, advocates and policy-makers, including former Mayor David Dinkins, who de Blasio thanked for launching his career.


The Leonard Lopate Show

David Dinkins on Governing the City

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins talks about his memoir, A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic. Dinkins, the son of a barber and a domestic worker, grew up in Harlem and Trenton and became the 106th mayor of New York City, in office from 1990 to 1993.

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Bill Lynch, Former Deputy Mayor and Democratic Political Strategist, Dies

Friday, August 09, 2013

William Lynch, a former deputy mayor in David Dinkins administration who for 40 years played an active role in city, state and national politics, has died. He was 72.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayoral History Smackdown

Thursday, July 18, 2013

As the Bloomberg era comes to a close, we look back at the history of the New York mayor's office and assess the accomplishments of those who've held the office. Which mayor transformed the city the most, and was Bloomberg just another mayor, or has he had a unique impact? Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times and editor of America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, and Mason B. Williams, author of City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York, discuss. Listeners, who's the best mayor in NYC history in your estimation? Was Bloomberg just another mayor? Post here or call 212-433-9692...

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With Newcomers Scarce, Thompson Backed by Black Political Establishment

Monday, June 03, 2013


Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson got a nod from two powerful members of the city’s African American political establishment on Monday – but absent from the event were members of the newer generation of leadership.



Why Don't New Yorkers Vote?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

In 1953, 93 percent of voters in New York City cast ballots. In the last mayoral election, 28 percent of voters did. But before you start wringing your hands, consider these reasons why.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Dinkins on His Friend, Arthur Ashe

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Twenty years ago last month, tennis great Arthur Ashe called the show to comment on the competing, and possibly converging, visions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.  This week, former NYC mayor  David Dinkins, now professor in the practice of public affairs at Columbia University, spoke with Brian about his friend Arthur Ashe.

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MLK 2011: Sharpton Updates the Struggle, Bloomberg Gets Jeered

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


In his annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his parade of guests urged the crowd to fight the modern battle against inequality. And in at least once instance, that meant, for some, booing the person at the podium.

"We must deal with the issues of today," said Sharpton, who flew into the event after spending the morning in Washington DC. He equated the need to update the civil rights struggle today with the 1965 television sitcom F-Troop, which, according to Sharpton drew its humor from the fact that the post-Civil War soldiers "were fighting a war that had already been fought."

"The problem with many of us today is we want to fight the civil rights battle of 50 years ago," said Sharpton. "And not deal with the civil rights battle of today."

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