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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Mayor Joines’ Statement on Council Member Vivian H. Burke

Council Member and Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian Burke

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Office of the Mayor
May 6, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines today released the following statement on the death of Council Member Vivian H. Burke, who died Tuesday evening:

"Council Member Vivian Burke was a remarkable woman who leaves a legacy of accomplishment that shaped the city that is Winston-Salem today. Throughout her 43 years on the City Council she was a tireless leader and advocate for equal rights and equal opportunities for all of our citizens. She initiated the establishment of the Human Relations Department to work for better race relations, and initiated the city’s Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program to ensure inclusiveness in city purchasing and contracting practices. She lent her talents to a tremendous number of boards for local and statewide organizations and was instrumental in organizing the Black Political Action League and the N.C. Black Elected Municipal Officials Association. Her death leaves a void in our civic life that cannot be easily filled, and on behalf of all city employees and the citizens of Winston-Salem I extend to her family my deepest sympathies."

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