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In July 2021 Associate Professor LaToya Lain sat down with Martha Flowers, the first Black faculty of the UNC Music Department, to discuss her life and career. Ms. Flowers was a fierce trailblazer, a powerhouse singer on the international opera stage, and a mentor to younger singers and students.

“It was truly a privilege to interview Martha Flowers, delving into her unparalleled journey as one of the early pioneers of African-Americans in opera and the first to teach on the music faculty at Carolina.  Continuing her legacy fills me with profound honor and a sense of duty to perpetuate her impactful influence in the realm of music and education.  I am eternally grateful.” -Dr. LaToya Lain

Watch the full interview between Dr. Lain and Ms. Flowers.

Read more about Ms. Flowers’s legacy:

Martha Flowers: Black Music Faculty Trailblazer, November 11, 2020

Remembering Martha Flowers (1926-2022), June 3, 2022

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