Jon Fortt interviews Darren Walker on CNBC podcast

On this episode of the weekly Fortt Knox podcast, Darren Walker talks to Jon Fortt about the importance of empathy and understanding in creating meaningful change.

"People like you and me, who are black, sometimes need to put ourselves in the shoes of white people, to understand what may be happening to them," he told Fortt Knox.

"I think that's part of the political phenomenon that we're seeing now. Because I think that there are many white Americans—upstanding, outstanding citizens—who are hurting, and they don't feel that the system is working for them," Walker said.

Published on CNBC | February 6, 2017
Ford Foundation's Darren Walker was born in poverty, and now leads an organization worth billions
By Jon Fortt

The key to understanding this moment in American history—in black history—is empathy.

That's what Darren Walker is saying. One could argue that if anyone is positioned to understand this dizzying landscape, he is.

Walker grew up poor in rural Texas, became one of the first kids in the Head Start program, and made it big on Wall Street in the 1980s. Yet his true calling was even bigger: He's now president at the Ford Foundation, an $11.2 billion philanthropic giant that's aiming to address social justice and inequality around the globe.

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