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About the Project

About Jane

Gallery of Works

The Vodcast 

The Book

The Songbook

News & Events

Get Involved

News & Events

Songs of Resistance and Hope by Jane Wilburn Sapp

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In the vodcast, Jane Sapp offers specific songs to support the current demands for racial justice and explores how songs can energize the movement. #votedeis 


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Vodcast - Songs of Resistance and Hope:
A video podcast by Jane Wilburn Sapp, singer, songwriter, cultural activist and educator
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Songbook: Let’s Make a Better World: Stories and Songs by Jane Sapp

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And listen to the related podcast series.

VIDEO: Reconciliation Ceremony in Atlanta featuring Jane Sapp
Sept 2019
Image credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Video by Ryon Horne/AJC

Boston Children's Chorus: Found in Translation
March 12, 2016

Jane Wilburn Sapp in Residence
April 13 - 25, 2015

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Int'l Visiting Research Scholar Public Talk

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
May 6, 2014

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"Composing Our Lives
Together" song-writing
workshop with Jane Sapp

"Seeking Lives of Purpose"
'DEIS Impact Event Series
with Jane Sapp, Don West
February 1-10, 2014

Spirituality and the Quest for Justice in the African American Musical Tradition

January 29, 2014

Blog post: Five Misconceptions about the Field of Community Cultural Development

Reflection from a national meeting

Meeting about new independent study/ internship opportunity:

Cultural Work and Social Transformation

January 15

View videos from “I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table:” Resilience, Cultural Work and Development in the African-American Community
November 2013

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Gallery of Works

The following is a selected gallery of works by and about Jane Sapp. Click on the section titles to view each individually, or click "expand all" below.

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Music Recordings


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Other Publications and Broadcasts
  • “Origins and Development of Black Gospel Music in Black People and Their Culture," published by the African Diaspora Program of the Smithsonian Institution, 1977.
  • "Culture: the Roots of Community Spirit and Power," printed by the Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, TN, 1989.
  • MS Magazine, interview with Jane Sapp and concert review, May 1992 issue.
  • Life Magazine, "FoIklife Along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway,'' (an article on Jane Sapp's research and folklife study in Alabama and Mississippi), August 1982.
  • "The Center for Cultural and Community Development" in "A Tradition That Has No Name" (a major scholarly study of Jane Sapp as cultural worker) written by Mary Belenky, Lynne A. Bond and Jacqueline S. Weinstock, Basic Books, New York, 1997.
  • "Music and Emancipatory Learning in Three Community Education Programs," (Jane Sapp's work is featured in this book) Gwendolyn Kaltoft, Teacher's College Press, NY.
  • "Educating Leaders for Social Transformation," (includes Jane Sapp's work Dean G. Elias, Teacher's College Press, New York, 1993.
  • BBC Documentary, "The Promised Land," a five part series broadcast on the Discovery Channel in the U.S., used song ("Movin' On") by Jane Sapp as the theme song for the series.
  • Featured on the Garrison Keillor Show, NPR, 1994.

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  • Carnegie Hall (with Pete Seeger), New York, NY, 1983.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with Pete Seeger), Cambridge, MA, 2000.
  • Chapman University, Orange, CA, 1999.
  • Chitauqua Institute, Chitauqua, NY, 1993.
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1996.
  • Popular Educators Conference, Tucson, AZ, 1999.
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1999.
  • Iron Horse, Northampton, MA, 1989, 92, 94.
  • Village Vanguard, New York, NY, 1984.
  • Harvard University ('Harvaid' concert for divestment), Cambridge, MA.
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1988, 90, 91, 92.
  • Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA, 1988, 1991.
  • Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY, 1984.
  • York University, Toronto, Canada, 1992.World’s Fair, Knoxville, TN, 1986.
  • National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA. 1994, 96.
  • American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, Falmouth, MA, 1993.
  • Peace Church, Portland, ME, 1993, 94, 96.
  • Lesley College, Cambridge, MA, 1998.
  • Chicago Folk Festival, Chicago, IL, 1985.
  • University of New England, Biddeford, ME,1988,1996.
  • Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Detroit, MI, 1989.
  • National Women’s Music Festival, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1977, 78, 79, 80, 82.
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver, BC, 1997.
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1998.
  • Goddard College, Montpelier, VT, 1998.
  • Communiversity, Bath, ME, 1998.
  • St. Paul's Academy, NH, 1990, 1991.
  • United Farmers and Ranchers Congress, Denver, CO. Concert, Boulder, CO, 1985.
  • Brearley School, New York, NY, 1984.
  • Campaign for Human Development (75th Anniversary), Chicago, IL, 1995.
  • Boise University, Boise, Idaho.
  • Clearwater Festival, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1982, 85, 90, 1992.
  • Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1995.
  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1978.
  • American Friends Service, Martin Luther King Day, Northampton, MA, 1990, 1998.
  • Gospel Requiem in Memory of the Middle Passage, First Church, Northampton, MA, 1997.
  • Interfaith Reconciliation Service, DeKalb County, GA, 2019.

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Presentations and Speeches
  • Workshop Facilitator: Cultural Diversity. Student and Staff Retreat, Goddard  College, Montpelier, VT, 1989 - present.
  • Workshop Presenter: Songwriting and African-American culture 21st Century Leadership Camp, Selma, AL, 1985 - present.
  • Coordinator and Lead Facilitator: International Institute on Culture and Community Based Education, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 2001.
  • Panelist: "Culture and Youth Organizing" Annual Meeting, National Network for Grantmakers, Montreal, Quebec, 1993, 2000.
  • Workshop Facilitator, "The Power of a Dream: Music in the Civil Rights Movement," North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Western Carolina University, Cullowee, NC, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999.
  • Presenter: Re-Imagining Self and Other: Creativity and Ethical Action in the Aftermath of Violence Symposium, Brandeis University, October 13-14, 2004.

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Research & Innovation
  • Smithsonian Institution, 1974-1976
    • Field researcher for the Festival of American Folk Life, African Diaspora Program 

  • Penn Community Center, 1971-1972
    Director, folklife study and oral history of black communities South Carolina Sea Islands;
    Founder of the festival of Low Country South Carolina, which continues today.
    Founder of the York W. Bailey Museum at Penn Center on St. Helena’s Island, which also continues to grow and develop today.

  • Miles College-Eutaw, 1979-1982
    Director of a major folklife study of black communities along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway area; included nine counties in northeast Mississippi and seven counties in west Alabama. A festival was organized in 1977, which continues today. Research resulted in a collection of 250 cassette tape interviews and recordings and several hundred photographs, along with video tapes and transcripts.

  • Black Folk Roots Festival, 1975
    Founder and developer of the Black Folk Roots Festival in 1975 in Greene County, Alabama, which continues today.

  • Youth Creative and Leadership Development Group, 1994-2005
    Founder of a youth creative and leadership development group in Springfield, MA

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To view additional honors and awards, research, program consultant experiences, international experiences, board affiliations, choral directings, and employment, please see Jane's Resume.

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