Little Known Black History Fact: Otis G. Clark

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Immediately looking for work, Clark and his new wife were hired as the butler and the cook for actress Joan Crawford. Clark hung out with friends Stepin' Fetchit and met the acquaintance of actors Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin.

Admitting to living a “wild streak” with Stepin' Fetchit, Clark began experimenting with the sale of bootleg liquor during the Prohibition period. This lifestyle landed him jail time, where he discovered religion. Once he was released, Clark decided to preach all over the world. The Greenwood, Oklahoma native-turned-evangelist finally made it to the continent of Africa to speak at age 103. His next stop was Jamaica.

Clark lived a long life in good health, but nothing could dispel his memories of the Tulsa Race Riots and the horrors he faced on that fateful day in 1921.

Clark died May 21, 2012 at age 109.

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