This poem illustrates the internal narrative of Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, an African American woman who was denied entry into the University of Oklahoma School of Law, as discussed in Manuel Luis Espinoza and Shirin Vossoughi's “Perceiving Learning Anew.” Here, our protagonist wrestles with the concept of “dignity” when weighing the worth of her own education with the discrimination she faces to earn her degree. Using the themes of the author's text and research, this poem stylizes a “dignity-conferring” education through perseverance in the face of racism and divisiveness that still exists today.
Robin Brandehoff is a PhD candidate in the School of Education and Human Development at University of Colorado, Denver. Correspondence to: Robin Brandehoff, School of Education and Human Development, University of Colorado, 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80204, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Robin Brandehoff; Sophisticated Prayer. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2019; 8 (3): 3–7. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.3.3
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