NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Paul McCartney says he met with two of the women who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School, saying the 1957 crisis inspired the Beatles’ hit song “Blackbird.”READ MORE: Trump A Dominant Force At Conservative Conference In Orlando
McCartney performed Saturday to a sold-out crowd in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Afterward, McCartney’s Instagram and Facebook accounts posted a photo of him with Elizabeth Eckford and Thelma Mothershed Wair, two members of the Little Rock Nine.READ MORE: Florida Lawmakers Face Challenges As 60-Day Session Begins
The photo described the women as “pioneers of the civil rights movement and inspiration for ‘Blackbird.'” McCartney told concertgoers Saturday that he followed the desegregation struggles from England and that he wanted to write a song in support.
The nine black students integrated Central High School in September 1957 after President Dwight Eisenhower sent in federal troops to escort them into the school.MORE NEWS: Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing In West Kendall; US Coast Guard Searches For Missing Plane Off Boca Raton
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