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The Medal That John Lennon Returned Because of Biafra


I thought this was an interesting note. Nigerian history meets music icon. On November 26 1969, legendary Beatles band member John Lennon returned the presitigious MBE (Member of the British Empire) award that he won to the Queen. He did so in protest at Britain’s involvement in the Nigerian/Biafran war which was then raging in eastern Nigeria.

Lennon also sent a letter accompanying his returned medal which read:

“I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts.”

40 years later the medal that Lennon returned has been found at St James Palace with his rejection letter, and in the original case in which it was given to him….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/4128022/MBE-medal-that-John-Lennon-rejected-unearthed-in-royal-vault.html

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article5454895.ece

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