Darren Walker: “My American dream”

As part of a new series, People magazine profiles Ford Foundation president Darren Walker—who, many years before rising to lead the world’s second-largest philanthropy, was one of the Head Start program’s first graduates. “Too often, hopes and dreams are squashed by poverty or violence,” he says. “But then you see these signals of hope, these indications of generosity.”

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