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The article that appeared in your City Desk feature captioned “Stall of Confusion” (3/23), by Laura Lang, is incorrect, biased, and totally unfair.
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According to our United Black Fund public relations director, Joe Elam, your reporter contacted him after receiving a UBF news release announcing the extension of the submission deadline for the “I Love Life and I Want to Live” contest for D.C. public-school students. Lang was singly interested in “Why the extension?” Although the reason was contained in the news release, Elam told her I was interested in increasing participation and suggested that she ask methe presidentbecause I was in the office. She did not contact me. However, in the article she misquotes Elam as blaming teachers and administrators for failing to push the contest. According to Elam, he never made such a statement.
This is a highly successful contest that has a long history. This is our eighth year working in partnership with D.C. Public Schools.
Your negative item misrepresented the facts. There has never been a failure on the part of the school system to motivate the students to enter this contest. On the contrary, each year participation increases.
I ask that you correct the article by publishing this letter.
President and CEO
United Black Fund