With every freedom comes a responsibility.
With the freedom of speech, a responsibility to listen.
With the freedom of belief, a responsibility to accept.
With the freedom from want, a responsibility to serve.
With the freedom from fear, a responsibility to act.
During the spring of 2017, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, delivered this message in — and across — four commencement addresses. His argument, expanded and edited for this volume, is a stirring defense of democratic values and institutions, and an urgent call for civic engagement in our time.