What a classic dialogue Karen Hudson's two grandfathers must have carried on over the years of their friendship and shared patriarchy ("A Legend Restored," Aug. 8). H. Claude Hudson, the dentist-lawyer and civil rights activist whose assertiveness and confrontive style made him a hero among Los Angeles blacks in the first half of this century. Paul R. Williams, the gifted architect who was deferential to a fault, accommodating white clients to such an extent that he learned to draw renderings upside-down so he could sit across the table rather than next to them.
I learned of Claude Hudson while doing research for a master's thesis on the way in which the founding fathers of my town kept it all white with a land condemnation in the 1920s. Hudson was once jailed for daring to use the beach.