“It’s a proud moment; it’s an evolving moment for our country.” – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is continuing to rally behind the young survivors of this month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, calling them “warriors of the light” and comparing them to the activists of the civil rights movement.

Winfrey made that powerful comparison on Saturday when asked about the students’ determination to end gun violence in schools and push for stricter firearm regulation following the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.

“It’s a proud moment; it’s an evolving moment for our country,” she told The Associated Press of the students’ persistence for change. “These young people get to be literally warriors of the light.”

Similar determination for change, Winfrey noted, was seen in the 1950s and ’60s during the civil rights movement.

“Young people said, ‘We will not tolerate what our ancestors have tolerated. We’ve had enough and we’re willing to fight for it and we’re willing to march in the streets for it and, if necessary, die for it,’” Winfrey said.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 07: Oprah Winfrey poses at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Oprah WInfrey speaks at the Ron Clark Academy Celebration on Friday, November 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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