He eventually landed in Harlem, where he rose in the ranks of local politics and in 1989 he broke the color barrier for the city's highest office by defeating the three-term incumbent Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, in the primary and Republicanprosecutor Rudy Giuliani in the general election.
Dinkins ran on a platform promising to tackle the racial strife that had polarized the city, but during his term New York was plagued by a number of problems, including high crime, an economic recession and the AIDS epidemic.
But it was his handling the 1991 Crown Heights riot that would most define his time as mayor, and later become one of his chief regrets.
Giuliani, who would come back to defeat Dinkins in 1993, was among the first to pay tribute, saying on Twitter: "He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great City.
That service is respected and honored by all." New York's first African American Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that Dinkins "lead with compassion and an unparalleled commitment to our communities...New York will mourn Mayor Dinkins and continue to be moved by his towering legacy.”
Kamala Harris made history on Wednesday when she was sworn in as Joe Biden's vice president, becoming the first woman, the first Black American and the first Asian American to hold the second highest U.S. office.
From Martin Luther King Jr. to Stacey Abrams, historically Black colleges and universities, also known as HBCUs, have a legacy of producing graduates who go on to change America. CNN Political Analyst Bakari Sellers asks current HBCU students how their schools are preparing them to step onto the pages of history.
For Sari Rosenberg, a New York City teacher, receiving the first dose of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine left her “emotional, relieved and excited,” and one step closer to seeing her students again. This report produced by Emma Jehle.
With the help of covert reporters on the ground in China and direction from documentary filmmakers Hao Wu and Jean Tsien in New York, the team behind '76 Days' was able to bring the impact of COVID-19 to a global audience.
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In one of his last acts as president, Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a directive allowing his staff to immediately begin lobbying, reversing his own 2017 executive order aimed at stopping his aides from using their influence for personal gain. Colette Luke has more.
CNN has learned that President Trump told his aides to stop paying Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees after being irritated over being impeached a second time. A person familiar with the matter says it is not clear if the President’s instruction to his staff was said in jest. CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports on Trump’s pattern for refusing to pay.
A voting machine company sued former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell on Friday, accusing her of spreading false conspiracy theories about November’s election that Republican President Donald Trump lost to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Fred Katayama reports.