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About Vivian H. Burke

Professional and



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

Educational Background:

  • B.S. Degree from Elizabeth City State University
  • M.S. Degree from North Carolina A&T University
  • Received certifications and attended the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and Indiana University
  • Certification in Guidance Counseling, Curriculum Specialist and Administration Education K-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
  • Created the 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

Current Community Affiliations

  • 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
  • Serves 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
  • Chair of Public Safety Committee
  • Serves as Chair of the Finance Committee of the Winston-Salem State University Board of Trustees

Former Community Affiliations/Associations

  • North Carolina Banking Committee
  • 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
  • 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

Initiatives for the City of Winston-Salem

  • Initiated the Annual Citywide Neighborhood Conference
  • 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
  • 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 education, religion, church economics, marketing and minority businesses
  • Initiated the Project We Care Program, recognizing those individuals and agencies who unselfishly give their time to help others in need through volunteerism, 2009
  • 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 National Black Theatre Festival Week activities working with youth and getting churches involved with the Festival, August 2011
  • Celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Outstanding Women Leaders Program in April 2012

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

  • First

    Annual Kwanzaa (NIA-Purpose) Award for Outstanding Community Contributions and Exemplifying the Principle of Purpose, presented by Grace Presbyterian Church

  • Destination Marketing Achievement Innovation Award presented by the North Carolina Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau for Recognizing Outstanding Women Leaders
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dare To Make A Difference Award for Unwavering Dedication in the Struggle for Human and Civil Rights
  • Portrait hanging in the Winston-Salem branch of the NAACP for providing the building as its permanent location
  • Featured in First Hope Today Magazine (Winston-Salem) as the first black woman to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore and the first woman to chair the Public Safety Committee
  • Served on the Trustee Board at Elizabeth City State University and has a scholarship named in her honor
  • Produced, coordinated and hosted the Vivian H. Burke Positive Perspective Radio Program
  • Member of the State Banking Commission, focused on payday lending
  • Served as Co-Chair and Chair of the CIAA Tournament
  • Organized the realignment of Carver School Road to make the railroad crossing at Old Walkertown Road safer
  • NAACP President's Award for outstanding contribution politically and socially by Patrick Hairston-President, Winston-Salem Branch NAACP, 1981
  • Presented America's 400th Anniversary Certificate of Appreciation for exemplary service by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, 1985
  • Received the Founder's Award by the Human Relations Commission for forming the Youth Advisory Committee in 1989
  • Recognition of Appreciation for support and dedication to the community by the Twin City Little League, 1995
  • 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
  • Wrote the book "Politics. Your Future"
  • First campaign slogan in 1977 was "A Time for Change" and after several campaigns, the slogan was changed to "Let the Record Speak"
  • Member of official delegation to meet with Mrs. Rose Carter and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mondale upon their visits to Winston-Salem
  • In partnership with Southern Community Bank & Trust: Initiated Outstanding Women Leaders to recognize the accomplishments of women that contribute to the betterment of the community
  • Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding dedication and devotion to providing educational opportunities to the residents of the Winston-Salem Housing Authority and for personal commitment to crime prevention, presented by the State of N.C. 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 Refuge Enrichment Home, 2001
  • Honored by the Winston-Salem Fire Department for years of dedicated service as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, 2001
  • Recognized as Renowned Politician and Dedicated Soror by Livingstone College, Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, Sr. President, 2007
  • 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
  • Congratulations by Emanuel& Anna Mickens and Handy Douglas for the great work and being reappointed to the City Council, 2009
  • Recognition of Appreciation presented by Boy Scouts & Club Pack Troop #815, Emanuel & Anna Mickens and St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church, 2009
  • Recognition in Appreciation for support from Boy Scout Troop#815 Leaders and Teddy Davis, 2010
  • Received the President's Volunteer Service 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
  • Community Visionary Award presented by the Urban League for Outstanding Community Service and Commitment to "Improve the Quality" of Life for City Residents presented by Keith Grandberry, President & 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
  • 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

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

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