Otha is Raymond’s brother; like Raymond, he was born into slavery. When Otha was a child, his mother, Viola, fled with both him and his brother, Lambert. However, her first escape attempt was unsuccessful, and she and the boys were re-enslaved. By the time she made her second attempt, she left Otha and Lambert behind because at that point she had two younger children and couldn’t carry them all. For a long time, Otha resents his mother for this, but after he reunites with Viola, Raymond, and the rest of his family, he forgives her. Otha’s wife, Lydia, remains enslaved in Alabama, along with his two children. Otha is very close with Bland, and when Bland is killed trying to liberate Lydia and the children, Otha is devastated. However, he emphasizes to Hiram that no matter how many times one loses loved ones, it is vitally important to always remain open to love.