New York kids jump for prizes in Double Dutch tourney
Caption: The New York Amsterdam News, New York’s oldest Black-owned newspaper, featured the wildly successful Eighth Annual World International Double Dutch competition.
The Eighth Annual World International Double Dutch competition took place at Lincoln Center in 1981. It had grown dramatically since two New York City police officers began the tournament in 1974.
There were thousands of participants and fans from all over New York City and surrounding states, including New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Large corporations like McDonalds and Mobile Oil provided funding for the tournament. The Amsterdam News described the day in both photographs and an article.
Date: Jun 6, 1981
Creator: Howie Evans
Source: New York Amsterdam News
Copyright: Under copyright. Used with permission.
How to cite: “New York kids jump for prizes in Double Dutch tourney,” Howie Evans, in New York City Civil Rights History Project, Accessed: [Month Day, Year], https://nyccivilrightshistory.org/gallery/kids-jump-for-prizes.
Questions to Consider
- How did Black New Yorkers show their support for Black young people and Double Dutch?
- Why do you think Double Dutch was described as a sport for girls?
- How is Double Dutch educational? What role can joy play in education activism?
- Why do you think large corporations provided funds for a Double Dutch tournament in New York City in 1981? "
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