Cheryl Albright leads the crowd in singing “This Little Light of Mine” at the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Interfaith Vigil held on January 8, 2014 in the Rhode Island State House Rotunda. Back up singers include Governor Lincoln Chafee, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed and House Speaker Gordon Fox.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 10, 2014
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