The bombing took place two weeks after the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I'm going to stray from my usual convention speech; I'm going to talk about something that may be difficult and uncomfortable, but what I'm going to say needs to be said."
"Every few months you guys dream up something new to torture the associates with."
Supporters thanked those arrested for their commitment as they boarded the police wagon, recognizing that their wage increase would be a boost to all workers.
All the honorees are examples of "courage, compassion and dedication or all three," said Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando.
Now more than 30,000 responders are sick and many have died from respiratory diseases and other health problems.
What workers win at the bargaining table can be and often is yanked away by men and women in black robes - or sometimes it can be restored by them, too.
Whenever the subject of raising hourly pay to a livable level comes up in Los Angeles, you can expect two stalwart foes: The Chamber of Commerce and the Central City Association.
Of course, these victories did not happen just because a bunch of religious folks showed up to press an issue of justice, but because everyone worked together.
The message of the demonstrators was that they are prepared to do whatever it takes to win respect and a living wage, $15 and a union.