The longtime SIPA professor David N. Dinkins, who joined the faculty after making history as New York City’s first African American mayor, died on November 23 at his home in Manhattan. Below we share a selection of initial remembrances from alumni, students, faculty, and friends (with additional content to come in the days ahead).
Mayor Dinkins was many things, but I’ll most remember him as a relentless advocate for @ColumbiaSIPA’s students of color. He encouraged us to pursue public service above all else — and reminded us that there’s no space in which we don’t belong. May he rest in power. pic.twitter.com/LKEoIXeJnq— Jasneet Hora (@hora_jas) November 24, 2020
I’ll always remember Mayor Dinkins as full of life & very kind, whether it was in the elevator at @ColumbiaSIPA or at @NYCMayor events at Gracie Mansion. He was our 1st Black mayor and a great man. And such a devoted husband. I like to think he is with Mrs. Dinkins right now. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/2thnmliDan— Kristen Grennan (@KristenGrennan) November 24, 2020
I had the honor of sitting in on Dinkins' lectures while at @ColumbiaSIPA and remember being in awe of his stories about his time as mayor, especially around policing. He had the good ol New York straight talk that I love. His sun has set but legacy lives on. Rest well, Mayor! https://t.co/KDu42t9B74— Bunmi w/ a silent but ever present 'n' (@MsB616) November 24, 2020
I will never forget my experiences learning from Mayor Dinkins as his student and graduate assistant @ColumbiaSIPA. His influence is what led me to study urban life. Thank you and rest in eternal peace, Mayor. https://t.co/rPrl5NzMCA— Brittany Fox-Williams (@bfoxwilliams) November 24, 2020
I was fortunate to hear Mayor Dinkins speak many times at @ColumbiaSIPA events. His mind was a living library, his smile and warmth were true, and his dedication to the people of this city shone brightly. He was also a natty dresser. Rest in peace Mayor. https://t.co/iKsOhR0QOb— Peter Micek (@lawyerpants) November 24, 2020
A trailblazer who loved this city fervently and always treated every one with warmth, kindness and grace. We taught together @Columbia @ColumbiaSIPA and I always treasured the time I spent with him. https://t.co/Ah6hAg2dUO— Julie Menin (@JulieMenin) November 24, 2020