Otis Sweet is middle Sweet brother, between Ossian and Henry Sweet. Otis followed Ossian’s example and clawed his way from poverty into the talented tenth through an education at Florida State College and Meharry Medical School where he studied dentistry. After settling in Detroit, however, Otis seems content with a low-profile life; he’s more interested in attending baseball games than NAACP meetings. Nevertheless, he promises to help Ossian defend the house on Garland Avenue and is arrested for the murder of Leon Breiner along with Ossian, Gladys, Henry, John Latting, William Davis, Joe Mack, Norris Murray, Hewitt Watson, Charles Washington, and Leonard Morse. Before the trial, encouraged by his father, Henry Sweet, Sr. to be proud of taking a stand, he joins with Morse, Davis, and Washington in appealing to the NAACP to take over the group’s defense from Julian Perry, Cecil Rowlette, and Charles Mahoney.
Otis Sweet Character Timeline in Arc of Justice
The timeline below shows where the character Otis Sweet appears in Arc of Justice. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Where Death Waits
...knows that he must defend his house, violently if necessary. He calls on his brothers Otis Sweet and Henry Sweet, and his friends Edward Carter, Julian Perry, William Davis, and John... (full context)
...on the 8th assisted by their chauffeur Joe Mack, a handyman named Norris Murray, and Otis, Henry, and Latting. Soon a policeman named Inspector McPherson knocks on the door to introduce... (full context)
Chapter 3: Migration
...he indulges in arrogance, like when he openly criticizes Meharry Medical College, where his brother Otis studies dentistry. Determined to make good on his education, Ossian looks sets wealth and status... (full context)
Chapter 5: White Houses
...by his European studies, Ossian spent much of the year rebuilding his practice. His brother Otis moved to Detroit and established a dental practice, while the much younger Henry completed his... (full context)
...Black people asserting the “rights of men,” so be it. He gathers his compatriots: Gladys, Otis, Henry and his friend John Latting, Julian Perry, Dr. Carter, William Davis, Joe Mack and... (full context)
Chapter 7: Freedmen, Sons of God, Americans
...Sweet, Sr., who travels all the way from Florida to visit his three sons. When Otis apologizes for embarrassing the family, Henry says he has nothing to be embarrassed about because... (full context)