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."

Paul McCartney performs on stage during The Out There Tour 2015 on May 2, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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