David Norman Dinkins, A Legacy Of Leadership And Love The Dinkins Family

November 25, 2020

The Dinkins family wishes to express their appreciation to everyone who has reached out with condolences, respect, and love.

David N. Dinkins was a devoted family man whose love had no bounds. He extended his wealth of compassion to the citizens of New York City and beyond the five boroughs of its Gorgeous Mosaic.

As we mourn his passing, we cherish the legacy that he left behind. He showed us how to care for one another with dignity and grace. He fought for what he believed in and never compromised his principles.


As the 106th Mayor of New York City and the first African American to hold that office, our patriarch’s place in history is secure. He was a trailblazer who forged a path for others to follow. He will live on as today’s and future leaders trace and advance from those footsteps.

David N Dinkins transitioned peacefully from this life, at home on November 23, 2020. A memorial service will be held sometime after the covid crisis ends.

He was predeceased by his beloved bride, Joyce B. Dinkins. He is survived by his children, David N Dinkins, Jr, and Donna Dinkins Hoggard; daughter-in-law, Paula Bormes, son-in-law, Jay Hoggard; grandchildren Jamal Hoggard, and Kalila Hoggard Anderson; grandson-in-law, Francois Anderson; sister, Joyce Dinkins Belton; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, god children, and a vast number of beloved friends.


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The Dinkins family thanks everyone for their comforting thoughts, prayers, and expressions of sympathy. In lieu of flowers, contributions/donations can be made to:

  • The Howard University Scholarship Fund
  • The Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture
  • The Montford Point Marine Association
  • The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program
  • New York Junior Tennis and Learning

Find other stories about honorable mayor David Dinkins here.

Photo credit: 1-3) Dinkins Family. Via Linda Hamilton.

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