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City Secretary - June 17, 2019

A Sentatorial Statement honoring Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke for her service to Winston-Salem was read into the record of tonight's City Council meeting. The statement was submitted by N.C. Sen. Paul A. Lowe Jr. and presented to Burke in the state Senate last Wednesday.

Statement Text:

Honoring Vivian H. Burke for Her Service to Winston-Salem

WHEREAS, Vivian H. Burke has served as the Council Member for the Northeast Ward of Winston Salem, North Carolina since 1977 and served as Mayor Pro Tempore six times, and was the first African-American elected official to sit as an at large member on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina League of Municipalities; and

WHEREAS, Vivian H. Burke has rendered distinguished service in her community through participation in numerous and diverse volunteer organizations, including the Public Safety Committee Chair and past President of the Tourism Development Authority, the North Carolina Mental Health Board, the Piedmont System Health Board, the Transportation Advisory Committee, the Piedmont Triad Partnership, and the State Banking Commission as the first African-American female member, in addition to being one of the founding members of the Black Political Awareness League and North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials; and

WHEREAS, Vivian H. Burke helped to create the Burke-Joines Scholarship which helps deserving students to attend Forsyth Technical Community College, the Vivian H. Burke and Logan Burke Endowment at Winston-Salem State University; and helped to create the Vivian H. Burke Scholarship at Elizabeth City State University, and the Logan Burke Endowment at Grace Presbyterian Church; made three marketing and communications videos chronicling the history of African American businesses, churches, and schools in Winston Salem; developed the "What's In a Name" book used by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System; and helped create the Ray Agnew Jr., Williams Andrews and Housing Authority of Winston-Salem scholarships; and

WHEREAS, Vivian H. Burke also volunteers for the Heart Fund, the United Negro College Fund, the Patterson Avenue and Glade Street YWCA, and the March of Dimes, as well as the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and is an active member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder and Trustee; and

WHEREAS, Vivian H. Burke has been the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban League, and was honored with the creation of the Vivian H. Burke Business and Economic Scholarship established at Winston-Salem State University, and received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Livingstone College, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and Elizabeth City State University;

NOW, THEREFORE, Vivian H. Burke deserves to be recognized and honored for her many years of public service and contributions to improving the lives of those in her community.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned certifies that the foregoing statement was read in the Senate and placed upon the Journal on the twelfth day of June, 2019.

Submitted by Senator Paul A. Lowe, Jr.
Sarah Holland, Senate Principal Clerk 

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