Noble Beasley served as president of Mobile's Neighborhood Organized Workers from 1968-1970. He led the civil rights organization in its efforts to reform voting rights and segregationist practices in the city. Beasley was arrested on murder charges that were proven to be unfounded and was later convicted of drug charges that many supporters claim were manufactured by authorities in response to his civil rights efforts. He was released from prison in 2005.
Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama