December 08, 2021
Racism is a disease that seeps into the very foundation of our society. Howard Foster and Myra Clark were collateral damage in this crusade of hatred; discrimination ripped their love apart. However, their story didn't end there.
It is now just over a half a century since the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage in the United States of America in 1967. Either way, racial tensions were still high.
Therefore, in that same year, a black man, Foster, sobbed in his car after breaking up with his high school sweetheart and white girlfriend, Clark. This split happened because of the backlash they would receive for having different skin tones.
Howard Foster and Myra Clark. ┃Source: facebook.com/WSYXABC6
GOODBYE BUT NOT FAREWELL
Foster resolved not to allow Clark to go through such an ordeal. With the Klu Klux Klan attempting to recruit members at their school, it was even more clear that this terrible decision had to be made. Walking away from one another, Clark recalled:
"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."
This may seem like a naive idea on the part of Clark, but her intuition turned out to be close to the truth. Nevertheless, their reunion didn't happen for a long time, both going on their own adventures through life.
Howard Foster and Myra Clark.┃Source: youtube.com/The Kelly Clarkson Show
IMAGINING A DIFFERENT JOURNEY
Foster got married to another woman while his soulmate remained single. That being said, he admitted that he did still think about what could have occurred if they stayed together, expressing:
“I wondered what would my life be like with her. What would it be like if we had stayed together?”
Eventually, after Foster got a divorce, a friend of theirs connected them in 2013 where they finally met up after 45 years of being apart.
FACE TO FACE AGAIN
"You know, she ain't getting away again."
When he saw her, the divorcee said it was like a dream had come alive. Finally, holding hands without glares; the two interlaced their fingers across the picnic table as they instantly clicked.
NO TIME TO WASTE
Both in their 60's and two years later, on August 1, 2015, the soulmates were ready to tie the knot and spend the rest of their lives together, making up for the lost time. Speaking about him and his wife's entire journey, the new husband stated:
"I just think it's all in God's time and now I couldn't be happier."
Although society still has a long way to go, it is heart-warming that a beautiful couple such as Foster and Clark can now get married without extreme discrimination.
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