The Book


A Way Out of No Way:
Jane Sapp, Cultural Work and Social Transformation
By Jane Sapp with Cynthia Cohen

Currently being written, the book documents and analyses the over 40-year career of Jane Wilburn Sapp, a musician, educator, organizer, folklorist and cultural worker. It will include a nuanced autobiography, explorations of the themes that animate Ms. Sapp's practice, and an analysis of the core principles of cultural work.  The book is unique in that it will focus on the cultural dimensions of community organizing and social justice work, an area not often explored in other treatments of social transformation.

  • Foreword, Preface, Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - “I Sing Because I'm Free”: Jane Sapp's Story.
  • Chapter 2 - “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”:  Community as the Core of Cultural Work Practice.
  • Chapter 3 - “Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Then Why Not Every Man?”: Spirituality and the Quest for Justice
  • Chapter 4 - “I Feel Like Going On”: Cultural Work and Resilience in the Face of Social and Political Assaults
  • Chapter 5 - “All of God's Children Got Shoes”: Work Within and Between Communities
  • Chapter 6 - Elements of cultural work practice.
  • Chapter 7 - Contexts of cultural work.
  • Afterword
  • Appendices -
    • Music scores
    • Bibliography
    • Discography
  • Enclosure - Disc of performances of music referenced in the book.