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About the Dinkins Forum

Named for the 106th Mayor of the nation's largest city and the first African American Mayor elected in New York City, the David N. Dinkins Leadership & Public Policy Forum provides a vehicle for analysis, focus and dialogue around the dynamic elements of urban policies, programs, and initiatives.

For the past 20 years, this annual forum has addressed many of the challenging issues including education, the environment, labor, tourism, immigration and fiscal crises that successful and urban ecosystems must contend with.

This year’s Forum is proud to welcome the Honorable John Lewis, U.S. Representative of Georgia's 5th District, to present the keynote speech. He will join the Forum's legacy of keynoters that includes notables such as Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Vice President Al Gore, Rep. Charles Rangel, Mayors Ed Rendell, Michael Nutter, Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, and labor leaders John Sweeney, Lillian Roberts, Randi Weingarten and Dennis Rivera.

This Forum was made possible through the support of the Andrew Goodman Foundation.


19th Forum
Keynote by Loretta Lynch, 83rd Attorney General of the United States
April 7, 2016
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18th Forum
Keynote by Hillary Clinton, 67th United States Secretary of State; Former U.S. Senator from New York
April 29, 2015
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17th Forum
Keynote by Bill de Blasio, 109th Mayor of the City of New York
April 25, 2014
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Read the Transcript of Mayor de Blasio's Remarks

16th ForumGun Control: Safe Streets, Safe Cities
Keynote by Marc Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League
April 29, 2013
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15th Forum Voting Rights v. Voter Suppression
Keynote by Benjamin Jealous, NAACP President & CEO
March 26, 2012
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14th Forum - Crisis in State Budgets
Keynote by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
April 11, 2011

13th Forum - Economic Recovery in the Cities
Keynote by Rep. Charles Rangel
February 1, 2010

12th Forum - Wealth and Poverty in Global Cities 
Keynote by Community Service Society President David Jones
April 16, 2007

11th Forum - Global City: New York City as Model & Magnet
Keynote by Professor Saskia Sassen
October 10, 2005

10th Forum Changing America: National & Urban Responses to Immigration
Keynote Address by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney
November 16, 2004

9th Forum Affirmative Action & Higher Education
Keynote by President Lee Bollinger
May 1, 2003

8th Forum Economic Rebuilding of New York City
Keynote by Mayor Michael Bloomberg
April 29, 2002

7th Forum Urban Education: Making New York City Public Schools Work 
for the Community

Keynote by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
April 23, 2001

6th Forum - Livable Urban Communities: The Environmental Movement & 
Community Building

Keynote by Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater
May 8, 2000

5th Forum Labor & Community Building
Keynote by SEIU Local 1199 President Dennis Rivera
April 26, 1999

4th Forum - Culture & Tourism: Tools for Urban Economic Development
Keynote by Representative Charles Rangel
May 8, 1998

3rd Forum Welfare to Work: Can the Business-Government Partnership Succeed?
Keynote by Mayors Edward Rendell and Norman Rice
March 31, 1997

2nd Forum Urban Agenda for Election ‘96
Panel of Governors Jim Florio, Ann Richards and Lowell Weicker
May 2, 1996

1st Forum Empowering America’s Cities
Keynotes by Vice President Al Gore, HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, and Mayors Arnold Webster and Bill Campbell
March 2-3, 1995

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