Northeast Ward: Vivian H. Burke

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Vivian H. Burke
Council Member, Mayor Pro Tempore
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3410 Cumberland Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Phone and Fax: 336-661-6460

About Vivian H. Burke

Vivian H. Burke has been a Council Member since 1977.

Message from Your Council Member

As your council member, I will voice your concerns and opinions as well as fight for the well-being of citizens of the Northeast Ward and the City of Winston-Salem. Therefore, I would like to hear from you so that I can better serve our community.

Profession / Vocation

  • Retired School Guidance Counselor/Industrial Education Coordinator, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System-Elementary and Middle
  • Retired from the State of North Carolina as the Field Officer Manager for the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Former Program Coordinator, Another Change Program, Winston-Salem State University

Professional & Community Associations

  • Mayor Pro Tempore
  • Former Chair and Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee
  • Member of the Finance Committee
  • Member of the Public Safety Committee
  • Winston-Salem State University Board of Trustees
  • North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials (Founding Member)
  • Life Member, Winston-Salem Urban League

Educational Background

  • B.S. Degree from Elizabeth City State University
  • M.S. Degree from North Carolina A and T University
  • Received certifications and attended the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and Indiana University
  • Certification in Guidance Counseling, Curriculum Specialist and Administration Education Kindergarten through 12
  • February 2002, Livingstone College conferred upon Mrs. Burke a Doctor of Humane Letters
  • December 2004, received a second Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Winston-Salem State University
  • December 2011, received a third Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Elizabeth City State University
  • May 2016, received a Doctor of Law degree from Wake Forest University
  • Logan and Vivian Burke Endowment Scholarship at Winston-Salem State University in the Business and Economics Department
  • Two-time recipient of the Prestige Certificate of Order of the Long Leaf Pine
  • Vivian H. Burke Scholarship Fund at Elizabeth City State University
  • Logan Buna Endowment with the National Presbyterian Foundation

Current & Former Community Affiliations / Associations

  • National Women of Achievement
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (National Membership Chair, Connection Committee, Boule Bylaws and Constitution Committee, Basileus of local chapter)
  • NAACP, Life Member
  • United Negro College Fund
  • Meridian Chapter of the Eastern Star
  • Advisor to Liberty Street East Redevelopment, Inc.
  • Black Political Awareness League
  • Member of the NC League of Municipalities, Former Board Member, Vice-Chair of Finance Administration Intergovernmental Relations Committee
  • Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.
  • Tourism Authority
  • Member of Transportation Advisory Committee for 19 years
  • Served on the Graduate Services Advisory Board of Winston-Salem State University
  • Member of North Carolina Mental Health Board
  • Board Member of Piedmont Health Systems Agency, Inc.
  • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • Elder/Trustee of Grace Presbyterian Church
  • Former Chair of Public Safety Committee
  • Served as Chair of the Finance Committee of the Winston-Salem State University Board of Trustees
  • Served on the Trustee Board at Elizabeth City State University and has a scholarship named in her honor
  • Served on State Banking Commission for the State of NC, focused on payday lending
  • Alternate Member, Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Board of Directors, Public-Private Housing Partnership
  • Trustee of Grace Presbyterian Church
  • Executive Board of Piedmont Triad Research Park
  • Delegate and Political Whip for National Democratic Convention
  • Member of the State Banking Commission, focused on payday lending
  • Served as Co-Chair and Chair of the CIAA Tournament
  • Board of Directors for Experiment in Self Reliance
  • Chair of NAACP Housing Committee
  • Member of the State Democratic Affirmative Action Committee
  • Served as Luncheon Chair for the first Inaugural 2010 UNCF/HBCU Governor’s Luncheon in 2010
  • Phi Delta Kappa Honorary Society
  • Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments
  • Former co-chair of the American Heart Association
  • Salem College Lifespan Advisory Board

Initiatives for the City of Winston-Salem

  • Initiated the Annual Citywide Neighborhood Conference
  • Initiated Winston-Salem’s (WS) first-ever Martin Luther King, Jr. Helping Hands Day, a volunteer initiative for City employees in cooperation with Hands on Northwest North Carolina, January 15, 2016
  • Initiated the Burke-Joines Scholarship Award and held a news conference at Forsyth Technical Community College Foundation announcing the first student to benefit from the scholarship program on January 25, 2016
  • Instituted East Winston Economic Development Initiative to promote economic development, increased economic vitality and job growth within the East Winston community. A committee will be formed and will undertake a comprehensive review of existing programs and agencies, January 2016
  • Initiated the first-ever Snow Removal Employee Appreciation Breakfast at the Fairgrounds Home and Garden Building to thank all of the employees who were involved with snow removal, February 2, 2016
  • Received an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from Wake Forest University, May 2016
  • City Hall Display Honoring Women in City Government was unveiled at a Reception on October 27, 2016 in the lobby at City Hall. This display honors women who have held elective office as well as women who have served as Department Heads in City Government
  • Initiated the Gathering Place at Fairview Park Summer Festival, May 2015
  • Celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Outstanding Women Leaders Program in April 2012
  • Held the first reception to Host Principals from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Inner city schools, along with other City Officials at City Hall, 2011
  • Initiated the National Black Theater Festival Week activities working with youth and getting churches involved with the Festival, August 2011
  • Sponsored the Dance Group in the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival
  • Honorary Co-Chair for the multi-million dollar fundraising effort for the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, a multi-functional arts complex, 2010
  • Initiated the Project We Care Program, recognizing those individuals and agencies who unselfishly give their time to help others in need through volunteerism, 2009
  • In partnership with Sourther Community Bank and Trust: Initiated Outstanding Women Leaders Program to recognize the accomplishments of women that contribute to the betterment of the community, 2003
  • Introduced the Minority/Women Business Enterprise program to the City
  • Introduced the concept of providing assistance to individuals and businesses dislocated by City redevelopment projects
  • Increased the number of members serving on boards and commissions for the City
  • Appointed by former Mayor Corpening to the Human Relations Committee and initiated the Human Relations Department within the City
  • Initiated the Liberty Street Corridor
  • Initiated the creation of the City Attorney’s Office
  • In partnership with Visit Winston-Salem, developed a visitor’s guide highlighting certain areas of the City and County with a focus on minority churches, 100 years old or more
  • First elected official to initiate Town Hall meetings in the different wards
  • Initiated the development of a guide for use in obtaining approvals and permits for commercial projects for the City’s Inspections Division
  • First campaign slogan in 1977 was "A Time for Change" and after several campaigns, the slogan was changed to "Let the Record Speak"
  • Wrote the book "Politics...Your Future"
  • Wrote the book "What’s In A Name" offering a history of the names of streets, parks, buildings, markers and trails in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Produced, coordinated and hosted the Vivian H. Burke Positive Perspective Radio Program
  • Presented a proposal to the City to produce the following documentaries:
  • Early African-American Business
  • Early African-American Churches
  • Reynoldstown: A Community Story
  • Belview: Past and Present
  • Engine Four: The Story of North Carolina’s First Integrated Firehouse
  • In partnership with Wachovia Bank: Developed videos concerning:
    • Church economics
    • Education
    • Marketing
    • Minority businesses
    • Religion
  • Organized the realignment of Carver School Road to make the railroad crossing at Old Walkertown Road safer
  • Recognition of citizens in City Hall for contributions made in the community
  • Involved in the initiation of Winston Lake Family Day
  • Made Financial contributions to Ashley Middle School, LaDeara Crest students, and L.A. Cook Elementary School for the Logan Burke Media Center
  • Meditation Area at Atkins High School
  • Donated memory trees and benches throughout the City for the Recreation and Parks Department
  • Donations to Atkins School

Recognitions from Churches, Community Organizations, Fraternal Organizations, Sororities & Various Agencies

  • First Annual Kwanzaa (NIA-Purpose) Award for Outstanding Community Contributions and Exemplifying the Principle of Purpose, presented by Grace Presbyterian Church
  • GFWC of North Carolina Woman of Achievement Award
  • North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials Founder, 1981
  • NAACP President’s Award for outstanding contribution politically, and socially by Patrick Hairston-President, Winston-Salem Branch NAACP, 1981
  • Featured in First Hope Today Magazine (Winston-Salem) as the first African-American woman to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore and the first woman to chair the Public Safety Committee
  • Presented America’s 400th Anniversary Certificate of Appreciation for exemplary service by the NC. Department of Cultural Resources, 1985
  • Received the Founder’s Award by the Human Relations Commission for forming the Youth Advisory Committee in 1989
  • WS Youth Advisory Council Youth Leadership and Education Recognition, March 6, 1989
  • Goler Metropolitian A.M.E. Zion Church 1995 Women’s Day Celebration Certificate of Participation Award, November 19, 1995
  • Recognition of Appreciation for support and dedication to the community by the Twin City Little League, 1995
  • Member of official delegation to meet with Mrs. Rosalind Carter and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mondale upon their visits to Winston-Salem
  • United Negro College Fund, Inc. Service Award
  • East Winston Restoration Association, Inc, Service Award
  • Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding dedication and devotion for providing educational opportunities to the residents of the Winston-Salem Housing Authority and for personal commitment to crime prevention, presented by the State of NC. Crime Prevention Unit of the Governor’s Crime Commission, 2000
  • Presented the Key to the City of Winston-Salem by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, 2000
  • Recognition of Appreciation from Refugee Enrichment Home, 2001
  • Honored by the Winston-Salem Fire Department for years of dedicated service as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, 2001
  • Presented to Lady Vivian H. Burke "Thank you for your insightful words" from the W-S Chapter of Top Teens of America, Inc, February 2007
  • Recognized as Renowned Politician and Dedicated Soror by Livingstone College, Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, Sr, President, 2007
  • "Thank-you"! 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Noon Hour Commemoration, presented by Mutter D. Evans, Founder and Organizer, W-S NAACP and W-S Human Relations, January 21, 2008
  • Friend of the College Recipient, Carolina Christian College, 2008
  • Winston-Salem Chronicle’s Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Award, presented to recipients annually
  • McDonald’s Rhythm of Triumph Award, 2008
  • Recognized by the Black Political Awareness League as founder and organizer for 30 years of dedicated leadership during the 30th anniversary celebration, 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation Award Recipient of the "Ethel Walker Leadership Award" presented by the Reynolds Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the community, August 2009
  • Congratulations received from Emmanuel and Anna Mickens and Handy Douglas for the great work and being reappointed to City Council, 2009
  • Recognition in Appreciation presented by Boy Scouts and Club Pack Troop Number 815, Emmanuel and Anna Mickens and St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church, 2009
  • Recognition in Appreciation for support from Boy Scout Troop Number 815 Leaders and Teddy Davis, 2010
  • Received the President’s Volunteer Services Award presented by President Barack Obama, 2010
  • Received the Human Relations Award for outstanding compassion, service and selflessness towards others, presented by the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission, 2010
  • ITT Technical Institute, High Point, NC recognizes Vivian H. Burke as Guest Speaker at their commencement ceremony, June 2011
  • Community Visionary Award presented by the Urban League Outstanding Community Service and Commitment to "Improve the Quality of Life" for City Residents presented by Keith Grandberry, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Evelyn Acree, Board Chair, 2011
  • Presented with the Community Excellence Awards by Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church, April 29, 2012
  • Presented with the UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Award, 2012
  • Destination Marketing Achievement Innovation Award presented by the North Carolina Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau for Recognizing Outstanding Women Leaders
  • Certificate of Recognition and Community Service Award to Lady Vivian Burke for dedicated service and outstanding accomplishments, presented by Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc, December 7, 2013
  • Presented with the Marguerite Adams Award for Social Justice and Human Rights Initiatives by the Mid-Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, April 2013
  • Recognized at the 2013 Legends Luncheon, Honoring Distinguished and Influential Women in Winston-Salem, NC by the Women’s Missionary Society of Goler Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, August 2013
  • 2014 WOW-Women of Wisdom Aware for Political Influence, presented by Mount Calvary Holy Church under the leadership of Bishop Tejado Hanchell, Ph.D
  • Recognized by NCLM for having served more than 25 years as an elected official for the betterment of NC Local Government, October 2014
  • Honored as a special guest at the 60th Anniversary Commemoration Malloy/Jordon East Winston Heritage Center, Celebrating 60 Years of Promoting Literacy in East Winston, November 2014
  • Honored at the HBCU NC. Living Legends Scholarship Gala, November 2014
  • Honored at the Holiday Celebration and Appreciation Fellowship Program at the LaDeara Crest Recreation Center, December 2014
  • Received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dare to Make a Difference Award for Unwavering Dedication in the Struggle for Human and Civil Rights
  • Winston-Salem Branch of the NAACP gratefully acknowledged support of Mayor Pro Tempore Dr. Vivian H. Burke, January, 2015
  • Honored at the WS/ Forsyth County (FC) NAACP Enrichment Center Grand Opening Ceremony with a Room of Dedication: Dr. Vivian H. Burke Technology Center, January 2015
  • Recognized by the Executive Board, Winston-Salem Branch of the NAACP for dedication, hard work, and unwavering support in helping with their headquarters building, January 2015
  • Portrait hung in Winston-Salem branch of NAACP for donating building as its permanent location, January 2015
  • Portrait hung at Atkins High School
  • Presented Lifetime Achievement Award for dedicated and loyal service to both the Winston-Salem and the State of NC by the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem, January 2015
  • Featured in the June 2015 Issue of Black Enterprise Magazine
  • Triad Minority Business Expo Pioneer Award presented by Maximum Enterprises, Inc, August 15, 2015
  • Received the NCBEMO Community Leadership Award, August 2015
  • Congratulations to Dr. Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore, Council Member Northeast Ward, in honor of your vision for Project We Care and its success, September 12, 2015
  • Northeast Ward Annual Appreciation Program held at LaDeara Crest (Naomi Jones Resource Center) December 16 2015
  • Presented the Woman of Worth Award by Branded for Knowledge, Inc, December 2015
  • Plaque presented to Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke - "Thank you for believing in me"! by Malone’s Family Restaurant, August 26, 2016
  • "Prestigious Award of Excellence" presented to Dr. Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore and Council Member, Northeast Ward for timeless energy and efforts to improve local community - Bishop Andrea M. Nash and Ministry for Christ Church, October 2 2016
  • Recognized by the Youth Student Advisory Council at the annual Human Relations Student Awards Banquet, February 16, 2017
  • Presented the Living Legend Award, February 19, 2017 and recognized at the WS Police and Fire Departments’ 2017 Black History Month Celebration
  • Presented the Civic Leader Award at the Darryl A. Prince Scholarship Gala held April 21, 2017
  • Received the Winston-Salem Urban League Certificate of Lifetime Membership, January 1, 2018
  • Recognized by the Buffalo Soldiers Greater North Carolina Chapter 9th and 10th (Horse) Calvary Association for Outstanding Service and Commitment to NC Communities
  • Received The City of Winston-Salem Bronze Corporate Sponsor Award, 2018
  • Presented an Award in Raleigh, NC - A Senatorial Statement Honoring Vivian H. Burke for her Service to Winston-Salem, NC, presented by Senator Paul A. Lowe, Jr., June 12, 2019
  • Portrait hangs in the following places
    • School of Business and Economics at WSSU
    • Simon G. Atkins and Technology High School
    • Carver High School
    • Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training & Support Center
  • City of Winston-Salem Public Safety Center is named in her honor - Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Center, 2019
  • Has a Mediation Section on the lawn at Simon G. Atkins Academic and Technology High School named in her honor
  • Library at New Hope Baptist Church named in her honor
  • Bench outside of Russell’s Funeral Home named in her honor

Memory Trees, Benches, and Plaques

  • Pink Dogwood at Helen W. Nichols Park in memory of Ms. Velma B. Hopkins - 2002
  • Pink Dogwood at Helen W. Nichols Park in honor of Ms. Mary Sloan Jones - 2002
  • First Lady Okame Cherry at Winston Lake Golf Course in honor of Mr. Jim Conrad - 2006
  • Kwanzan Cherry at Belview Community Center in memory of Harry and Shirley Pickard - 2013
  • Weeping Cherry at Harambee Park in memory of Ms. Earline Parmon - 2016
  • Plaque at Carver High School for Mr. Logan Burke for Academic Growth Foundation - 2016
  • Plaque at Carver High School for Mayor Pro Tempore for Longest Serving Elected Official - 2016
  • Boulder and Plaque at Atkins High School in honor of teachers - 2016
  • Crepe Myrtles (4) at Atkins High School in honor of teachers - 2016
  • Bench at Evergreen Cemetery in memory of the grandparents of Melissa and Logan Burke - 2016
  • Bench at Evergreen Cemetery in honor of Northeast Ward citizens - 2016
  • Bench at Carver High School in memory of Mr. Logan Burke - 2018
  • Bench at Salem Creek Greenway across from the Anderson Center at WSSU in memory of State Representative Mr. Logan Burke - 2018
  • Bench at Jerry King Park (Mineral Springs Pool) in Memory of Mr. Logan Burke, United States Army - 2018
  • Bench at Carver High School named in memory of Teacher and Athletic Director - 2018
  • Bench at Carl Russell Funeral Home in memory of Mrs. Florrie S. Russell - 2019
  • Tree at The Gathering Place in Fairview Park in memory of Mr. Logan Burke - 2019
  • Tree at The Gathering Place in Fairview Park in memory on Son and Ophelia Robinson - 2019
  • Bench at Oak Summit Park (facing the playground) in memory of Ms. Anna H. Fulp - 2019

Additional Information

Council Member Burke was married to former State Representative the late Logan Burke. They have one son, L. Todd Burke, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge of Forsyth County, and two grandchildren. Council Member Burke is focused on community and civil rights, equality for all and youth education.

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