Paul McCartney meets two women who inspired Beatles' 'Blackbird' in Little Rock
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Paul McCartney met two of the women who helped inspire the Beatles' White Album classic "Blackbird" backstage at his Little Rock, Arkansas concert Saturday, April 30, according to Rolling Stone. Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford were two members of the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine black students who faced discrimination and segregation after enrolling in the all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

These events followed the Supreme Court's historic Brown vs. the Board of Education decision (1954), a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional and called for the desegregation of all schools throughout the nation. After the Little Rock Nine enrolled, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus protested their entrance into the school, which was referred to as the Little Rock Crisis. These events inspired Paul McCartney to pen the song "Blackbird."

"Incredible to meet two of the Little Rock Nine— pioneers of the civil rights movement and inspiration for Blackbird," McCartney tweeted.

McCartney introduced "Blackbird" to the Little Rock audience:

"Way back in the Sixties, there was a lot of trouble going on over civil rights, particularly in Little Rock. We would notice this on the news back in England, so it's a really important place for us, because to me, this is where civil rights started. We would see what was going on and sympathize with the people going through those troubles, and it made me want to write a song that, if it ever got back to the people going through those troubles, it might just help them a little bit, and that's this next one."