On the pages that follow, we offer a timeline of events related to oppression and resistance. In particular, this list focuses mostly on oppression and resistance on the basis of race/ethnicity. This is certainly not an exhaustive list of events. For example, it does not include the majority of the struggles Native American/American Indians faced in their efforts to keep their lands and to work against colonization. Moreover, it does not include the lynching of over 4,700 individuals that occurred during slavery and Jim Crow. Nor does it include the murders of countless Mexican Americans at the hands of the Texas Rangers. Finally, it includes only a few high profile killings of unarmed Black individuals at the hands of police. We intend this timeline to be illustrative rather than exhaustive.
Further, the events listed in this timeline are not exclusive to Mississippi, though many do occur in or are related to Mississippi oppression and resistance. Instead, we hope to present a timeline that shows the general arc of oppression and resistance in the U.S. We do not intend this timeline to be taken as comprehensive, but rather as an illustration of the ways in which racial inequity and resistance to that inequity are visible throughout U.S. history.