Organizing for Racial Justice: A Timeline

Since colonizers arrived in what is now the United States, indigenous people, Black people, and other people of color have been organizing for justice and liberation. This timeline highlights some of the battles for racial and economic justice, particularly those that have happened within the context of institutions. It is incomplete, as we know that there are people organizing in every corner of this country, every day, and there will be until liberation is realized for all of us.

Explore the interactive timeline!

Choose “Download this document” to download the citations and sources, with links to further reading.

If you’re interested in a printable, poster-sized version of the timeline, reach out to us at

We used the timeline in a number of in-person sessions, and printed it as a 9’ poster. If you’d like to do so, send the linked document, “Organizing Timeline,” to FedEx and ask them to print it in color, sized 36” by 108”.

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