Jump Rope Girls Project

Twenty-five years ago, reporting for The New York Times, Susan Hartman wrote about a group of girls, who lived on her Brooklyn block. Athletic and graceful, they were expert Double Dutch jumpers, and often performed a rapping, clapping game they called 'cheers'. No matter what was going on in their lives, or on the block -- which became increasingly dangerous as crack hit the city -- they showed up for their games.

A generation later, Hartman did a follow-up cover story, "Jump Rope Girls, 20 Years On," about the amazing young women they’d become.

She has directed a multi-media project about three of them: Peachie Navarro, who heads a four generation household of women; GeeGee Goodwin, who cares for her three young children; and Elbe Vasquez, who ran away from home at 13, gave birth at 15, and raised her daughter and son by herself.

Six award-winning photographers and filmmakers have contributed to the project: Nancy Kaye, Peter van Agtmael, Rebecca Norris Webb, Christian Hansen, Carola Mamberto, and André Lambertson.

The Jump Rope Girls project has been presented at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, at the Brooklyn Public Library (view New York Times article), and at colleges and museums.

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