'People's Mayor' David Dinkins dies at 93
- Dinkin's was New York City's only Black Mayor till date
- He took his last breath in his Manhattan's Upper East Side residence
- Dinkins upheld education and economic equality as the utmost priority for the uplifment of black population
New York City’s only Black Mayor till date David Norman Dinkins, who devoted a better part of his life towards strengthening racial relations among Americans died on Monday at the age of 93.
David took his last breath in his Manhattan's Upper East Side residence after the New York City Police department got a call from his residence about an unconscious person grappling with difficulty in breathing, reported CNN.
Dinkins, who was way more than just a political personality, earned the name ‘People’s Mayor’ for a reason which along with his legacy is here to stay and will be remembered and celebrated by the posterity for a long time.
A member of the unofficial group called by the name 'Gang of Four', which included longtime US Rep. Charles Rangel, Basil Paterson, New York's first Black secretary of state and the civil rights attorney Percy Sutton, Dinkins was an integral character of the Black Leadership wave of 1960s and 70s as we know it.
Being the first mayor of colour for the NYC, Dinkins upheld education and economic equality as the utmost priority for the uplifment of black population and provided the city with an appeasing alternative to the brash leadership of Ed Koch.
It is owed to his larger than life people’s work that led humongous political actors of US to mourn the legend’s death.
Rudy W Giuliani, who defeated David in 1993 mayoral election, was among the first public figures to commemorate his deceased predecessor.
"I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mayor David Dinkins, and to the many New Yorkers who loved and supported him. He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great City. That service is respected and honored by all." he wrote on Twitter
Current Mayor Bill de Blaso also mourned the death of his mentor and commended his commitment to fight for the collective causes.
Other in line was the United States ambassador to South Africa during the Obama administration, Patrick Gaspard who took to Twitter to pay tribute to 'his mayor' as he quotes.
"My Mayor. David Dinkins was grace itself. He always went high when they went low. He taught me that you don’t need to be loud to be strong. He took a quiet pride in the small kindnesses. He accomplished much with humility and more strength than the world knew. Rest in our hearts." he tweeted
State senator from the Bronx, Jamaal T. Bailey also paid tribute to David Dinkins by calling him a true trailblazer and legend.
Keith Powers, who is NYC Council Member also took to twitter to pay respect to the deceased leader.
"I join all New Yorkers in mourning the passing of Mayor David Dinkins. Sending my prayers to the Dinkins family tonight. Thank you for your service to our city. Rest In Peace." he tweeted.
New York Attorney General, Letitia James also paid condolences to David Dinkins.
"The example Mayor David Dinkins set for all of us shines brighter than the most powerful lighthouse imaginable, and I stand on his shoulders. New York will mourn Mayor Dinkins and continue to be moved by his towering legacy. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones." she wrote on the micro blogging site.