Hall, more than 100 attend King vigil
Hall chose to attend the Candlelight Vigil in the Sunburst lounge.
"I am not here tonight because other presidents were not, I'm here because it's important to me," said Hall. "I hope that future presidents will attend."
Professor Michael L. Nicholls, a speaker at the vigil, said Hall's speech and presence were significant.
"It was a statement about his presidency at Utah State University," Nicholls said.
This was the first year that Utah celebrated this holiday as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In previous years the state has celebrated Human Rights Day.
Members of the audience of more than1 00 were given a commemorative sticker of Martin Luther King Jr. to wear and a candle to light.
"We are going to welcome the world to Utah very soon (at the 2002 Olympics) we might as well welcome all of them," said Kitty Stewart of the Martin Luther King Jr. Rights Commission.
Stewart spoke about the Six Principles of Nonviolence established by King.1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.
4. Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
5. Nonviolence chooses love, not hate.
6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
Other speakers honored others who helped in the civil rights movement -- Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, one of the founders of the NAACP; Frederick Douglass, diplomat, Francis Coppin, educator; Ella Baker, organizer, and many others who quietly helped the civil rights movement were recognized.
In closing the audience lighted candles while listening to an excerpt of King's "I Have aDream" speech, given in 1963 in Washington, D.C.