Paul McCartney was honored on Tuesday (May 28th) at Manhattan's Lincoln Center, when he received the International Advocate For Peace Award from the Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. McCartney was presented the award by students of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.
According to the original announcement, the former Beatle was honored for over a half-century of music, which “celebrates love and understanding, empathy and connection — the foundations of peace that are the heart of the human struggle.” During his speech he touched on how during his immigration battle in the early-1970's, John Lennon enlisted the help of attorney Leon Wildes — a Cardozo professor.
Previous recipients of the awarded include President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, and Peter, Paul, & Mary, among others.
Paul McCartney maintains that the reason why the Beatles still hit such a multi-generational chord with fans is because the music reflects back the best of humanity: “Number One, it is a force for good. We have a lot of power — particularly in the Beatles days. Even now, y'know? But then, you had a lot of power. And we always used to say to people, 'Look, we never used it like Hitler. We never sort of said, 'Follow us and go crazy and do something.'' But generally we were talking about peace and love and fairly optimistic and positive things, y'know, in the '60s.”