Mayor Dinkins Reflects on his Time in Office

November 02, 2015 at 6:21 pm

On October 15, Mayor Bill de Blasio renamed Manhattan’s municipal building for former Mayor David N. Dinkins, the 106th person to be elected to that post, and the only African American to ever hold the office.

Mayor Dinkins was also a Marine, attorney, fraternity brother, Columbia University professor, tennis fan and jazz enthusiast, and the former borough president of Manhattan.

In two interviews, Mayor Dinkins speaks with us about his tenure as mayor, his devotion to public service, and racial tensions in the city then and now.