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David Dinkins
(1927-____) born on
Jul 10
US politician. He was the first black mayor of New York, a post he held from 1990 to 1994.
Ellis Island is for the people who came over on ships. My people came in chains.

. . .little has changed in our New York neighborhoods except the faces, the names, and the languages spoken. The same decent values of hard work and accomplishment and service to city and nation still exist.
You can be anything you want to be. You can be a street sweeper, if you want. Just be the best blasted street sweeper you can be . . . And, you know you can be mayor.
I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.
Race relations can be an appropriate issue . . . but only if you want to craft solutions, and not catalogue complaints. If we use the issue appropriately, we can transform it from the cancer of our society into the cure.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Being There," in "Vanity Fair," Jan 1991.
R: Policy speech, 13 Sep 1993.
A: Often repeated challenge.
N: Answering accusations that he failed to pay his taxes.
K: Speech, 14 Oct. 1993.

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