A couple who was forced to break up due to racism surrounding them has reunited and tied the knot in a sweet ceremony 45 years after they first laid eyes on each other.
Despite being apart for 45 years, Howard Foster and Myra Clark’s love for each other eventually found its way and brought the couple together.
The pair first met in Columbus, Ohio, in 1967 when they were studying at West High School. They soon fell in love with each other and started dating. Due to racist people surrounding them, however, Howard decided to break up with Myra as he was worried that they wouldn’t be able to find peace.
“Society is not going to let us be happy,” Howard recalled telling his partner over four decades ago. “I just figured she wasn’t going to be happy.”
As Mr. Foster added, he was frequently confronted by his college professors and other students as he was the only African American person to attend the Columbus Technical Institute at the time.
“It didn’t matter how well I did the project, it was always a D. I had never experienced that type of racism, that way. I said, ‘It’s just not going to be good.’ I really thought about her.
“Society wasn’t going to let us be together and she be happy. She’d get tired of the stares. I just thought it was unfair to her. Her happiness was the most important thing.”
Eventually, Howard told Myra it would be better if they ended what they had and walked away.
“Then a block away, we both turned around at the same time and waved. I really think that wave was, I’ll see you later,” Myra said in an interview with WSYX/WTTE.
“I remember just sitting in my car and crying because it was not an easy decision. I really did love her,” Howard added.
Despite parting and starting their own lives, the two kept on thinking of each other and how things could be if they stayed together even several decades later.
“I wondered what would my life be like with her. What would it be like if we had stayed together?” Howard recalled.
Fortunately, the sweet lovers were reunited in 2013 with the help of a friend. In spite of not seeing each other for 45 years, the two immediately kicked off once again and felt as if they’d never even been apart.
“For me, the fact that I was sitting there holding her hands is something that I thought would never happen. And I was not letting her go,” Howard said.
While there is still work to be done, times have changed a lot and “racism is now in the minority,” allowing Howard and Myra to enjoy their relationship to the fullest.
What are your thoughts on this love story? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE this post with your friends and family on Facebook!
Recommended Video – “These Grandparents Show Precious Reactions As They Meet Their Newborn Grandchild For The First Time”