Joyce Dinkins Biography
Joyce Dinkins was the wife of the late former New York City Mayor, David Dinkins. He was the first African American to hold the office.
As David’s wife, Joyce served as the city’s First Lady from 1990 to 1993.
Joyce Dinkins Death
Joyce died on October 11, 2020, at her home according to her family. News of her death was announced on Twitter by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who wrote;
“Very sad to learn of the passing of Joyce Dinkins. Born in NYC, she spent her time as its First Lady with grace & purpose—dedicated to education and a champion for literacy.
“My deepest condolences go out to Mayor Dinkins, their children David and Donna, and all her loved ones.”
Lynda Hamilton released a statement on behalf of the Dinkins Family. The statement read;
“Joyce Burrows Dinkins, the youngest of two daughters of Daniel Burrows and Elaine Nelthrop Burrows, was born in 1930. Daniel Burrows was a prominent entrepreneur and political figure in Harlem.
“Joyce was raised and educated in Harlem, and graduated from George Washington High School. She then attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1953.
“As First Lady of New York City, Joyce promoted education, health care and the arts for children. She served as honorary chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Child Abuse, chairperson of “The First Day Back to School” a multi-media service campaign, and honorary chairperson of New York City’s Children’s Week. But her primary concern was always increasing the literacy of New York’s children.
“Joyce B Dinkins peacefully transitioned from this life, at home in the company of her family, on October 11, 2020. A memorial service will be held sometime after the COVID crisis ends.
“While our city will miss this incredible human being who personified grace, compassion, and love, her family will strive to honor her legacy.”
Joyce Dinkins Cause of Death
Dinkins cause of death was not made public.
Joyce Dinkins Age
Dinkins was 89 years old at the time of her death on October 11, 2020. She was born on December 22, 1930.
Joyce Dinkins Husband
Dinkins was married to her husband David Dinkins. The couple got married in 1953 until the time of her death on October 11, 2020. Her husband died on November 24, 2020, at the age of 93 years.
Joyce Dinkins Children
Dinkins and her husband David had two children together. Their children’s names are; David Dinkins Jr. and Donna Dinkins.