I don't know about you, but I'm heading down to the Clinton School at 6 p.m. Monday for a lecture by Taylor Branch
, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Friend of Bill whose monumental trilogy on the civil rights movement is as gripping and dramatic as it is huge. I'm a couple of hundred pages into the final book. The enormous sacrifices really weren't that long ago. And the gains, monumental though they were, not big enough to declare the battle over, as the current administration wants to do. Little Rock wasn't so civilized and progressive in the 1950s as some revisionists want you to believe, but it wasn't Lowndes County, Alabama, either, and thank our small blessings for that.