I would like to express my respect for the article by Nathan McCall {''Dispatches from a Dying Generation,'' Outlook, Jan. 13}. The insights and reflections he has derived from his own life helped me and, I hope, others get to the heart of the matter: much of the violence among young African-American males may stem from a feeling of limited choice in life. It is haunting to discover that for some the prospect of a life in the streets is better than the prospect of facing the tension and humiliation in a racially integrated workplace.

Mr. McCall also pointed out how he and his friends were unable to find a connection with education as a way out of despair. As an educator, I would like to suggest that education -- coupled with family and community reinforcement -- can break down barriers.

We must help children of all races learn attitudes of acceptance and appreciation of others. The movement toward establishing a multicultural curriculum in which the achievements of all races and cultures are recognized and embraced could help us to look at one another with pride -- as a people who can work together without fear and suspicion.

Mr. McCall's honest and open dialogue and that of others can open the door to positive change. We should rise to his challenge. STEPHANIE L. HEYNDERICKX Washington