While sitting down for interviews about her role in A Wrinkle In Time, Oprah Winfrey spoke out in support of the Parkland shooting survivors who are responding to the tragedy by organizing a nationwide “March for Our Lives” protest. She even went as far as to compare it to the civil rights movement.
“It’s a proud moment,” Oprah said. “It’s an evolving moment for our country. The same thing happened, as you know, back in the ’50s and ’60s for the civil rights movement.”
Explaining the correlation between the two events, Oprah continued, “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.'” She added, “I feel the echoes of the past in the spirit of what they’re trying to achieve through the March for Our Lives.”
Oprah said she hadn’t yet decided, but explained that she believed it was important for the students to be the face of the march. “I think it’s necessary that they be the leaders of this march,” she said. “You want to hear from them. This is their march.”
Oprah isn’t the first public figure to speak out in support of these marches. George and Amal Clooney will be joining the march and announced a donation of half a million dollars to the cause.