Noble Beasley served as president of Mobile's Neighborhood Organized Workers from 1968 to 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, later proven unfounded, and was later convicted of drug charges that many supporters claim were also manufactured. Beasley spent much of the next four decades behind bars, before being released in 2013. He died in October 2014.