Courtland Milloy ought to know better {"Blacks in the Middle Should Join Those at the Top and Bottom in Giving to Charity," District Weekly, Oct. 4}. A plethora of black churches and groups give tremendous outreach to the poor and homeless.

For example, the Llewellyn Scott House in the Shaw/Logan Circle area is named after a middle class black man who from 1937 to about 1964 put up about 50 people a night in his home. He fed them, clothed them and was friend and counselor to many more. All the while he was a full-time federal employee. Mr. Scott made a point of taking white as well as black individuals into his home to emphasize, long before the days of civil rights, that color would have no distinction where basic human need was concerned.

Another shelter, the Mary Harris House, was named after a black woman who lived at 4th and R streets NW. Before she died in 1980, Miss Mary, as she was known in the neighborhood, had been friend and benefactor to many in need. For years Mary Harris provided food, clothing and whatever assistance she could, especially to children. Her legacy lives on in this house for women.

As for middle class youth, every day between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., four to five students from Archbishop Carroll High School in Northeast Washington come to Scott House to work on a soup line that serves more than 200 people. They wait on tables, visit, help in the clothing room and do a myriad of other tasks. They are enthusiastic, full of energy and compassion, and they are predominately black. What is even more wonderful, they often come on days when there is no school. These students are the middle class of tomorrow.

The black middle class has a history of involvement in charity work in this city that stretches back at least half a century. Mr. Milloy would do well to familiarize himself with that ongoing legacy. MICHAEL KIRWAN Washington

The writer works at the Llewellyn Scott Catholic Worker House of Hospitality.