Unfortunately for these lovebirds, racism took its toll on their plans for their future.
While many of us tend to relegate love stories to romance novels and fairy tales, the story of Howard Foster and Myra Clark may soften even the most skeptic among us.
The year was 1967 and these high school sweethearts were deeply in love. Unfortunately for these lovebirds, racism took its toll on their plans for their future.
The pressure of a black man in love with a white woman resulted in a warm, but painful breakup.
Howard recalls, “I remember just sitting in my car and crying, because it was not an easy decision. I really did love her.”
Despite his love for Myra, Howard felt that the racism the couple faced demanded that their relationship end. His decision left him filled with heartache and regret.
Though the separation was a friendly one, the two would not see or speak with one another over the next forty-five years.
Myra recalls waving goodbye to Howard but thinking that she would see him later.
Howard and Myra went on living separate lives, but they never ceased to think of one another. While Howard married, and eventually divorced, Myra never married.
She remained single knowing that her heart belonged to Howard, despite their years apart.
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