A Black Man Saves a White Couple Who Were Flying the Confederate Flag

Aired on 04/14/1997 | CC
You're a young black man in the Deep South. You see a home on fire, and above it flies the Confederate flag. What do you do?

In 1997, Otis Gaither put his life on the line to save Larry and Annette Whitten, who slept soundly as a deadly fire swept through their trailer. Here, in this vintage Oprah Show clip, the Whittens express their immense gratitude to Otis for his courageous act—and declare that the flag is coming down for good.