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Paul McCartney reveals The Beatles refused to play for segregated audience in 1964

Paul McCartney says the Beatles put non-segregation clause in their contracts (Picture: Getty/EMPICS)

Paul McCartney has revealed that The Beatles have been standing up for equal rights for all races since 1964, after refusing to perform a show for a segregated audience. 

The legendary musician, 77, shared the anecdote with his followers to highlight the importance of everyone doing their part for Black Lived Matter.

He wrote: ‘As we continue to see the protests and demonstrations across the world, I know many of us want to know just what we can be doing to help. None of us have all the answers and there is no quick fix but we need change.

‘We all need to work together to overcome racism in any form. We need to learn more, listen more, talk more, educate ourselves and, above all, take action.’

He revealed one moment where he and his band members stood up against racism, writing: ‘In 1964 The Beatles were due to play Jacksonville in the US and we found out that it was going to be to a segregated audience. It felt wrong. 

‘We said “We’re not doing that!” and the concert we did do was to their first non-segregated audience.

Paul is angry that 60 years later similar issues are still taking place (Picture: Paul McCartney/Instagram)

‘We then made sure this was in our contract. To us it seemed like common sense.’

Paul added: ‘I feel sick and angry that here we are almost 60 years later and the world is in shock at the horrific scenes of the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police racism, along with the countless others that came before.

‘All of us here support and stand alongside all those who are protesting and raising their voices at this time. 

‘I want justice for George Floyd’s family, I want justice for all those who have died and suffered. Saying nothing is not an option.’

Marches have been taking place around the world in honour of Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd, who died while being arrested when a white officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. 

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