Love is the most powerful force in this world. It helps us survive. It also makes us suffer. Do you know the story of Howard Andrew Foster and Myra Clark?
Howard and Myra met in high school and fell in love with each other. Sadly, in 1967, interracial romance was not allowed. Society didn’t approve these relationship. Myra and the love of her life learned it the hard way.
Howard shared the same destiny as other African-Americans. Racists harassed him back then, and the system didn’t support him. Racism destroyed Howard’s relationship with Myra, but they managed to stay together for two years.
Things got even worse when Howard was studying at Columbus technical institute. He was the only African-American student, and it was really hard.
Howard loved Myra so much that he let her go. He couldn’t let her go through the torture anymore.
“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.”
Myra couldn’t accept this, but she had to. She understood Howard perfectly.
“I believed he’d think I would be happy (without him), though he didn’t know what I’m made of. And that’s okay.”
They split ways with tears in their eyes. Their “goodbye” was more like “I’ll see you later.”
Howard was crying in his car. It was hard for him to make this decision because he was madly in love with his beautiful Myra.
About 50 years later, in 2013, Myra and Howard met again through a mutual friend. Myra was working at Mount Carmel Hospital. The daughter of one of the nurses was a actually married to Howard’s son. The lovebirds reconnected again and met up on the Labor Day weekend of 2013 at Sharon Woods Metro Park. Their love was still alive.
“During my career with Mount Carmel Hospice, I met a nurse whose daughter was married to Andrew’s son,” Myra said. “A lot transpired in the next two years.
Andrew had a near-death health crisis in January 2011, and woke up on his 61st birthday with a colostomy. In the months ahead he endured several surgeries; the colostomy was eventually reversed and he is healthy today.”
Myra and her Howard set at a picnic table and held their hands tightly.
“It was that dream you just never thought would come true… there she was. 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. I walked away once; I was not going to walk away again.”
The couple got married on August 1, 2015. Do you know they “really enjoy each other”? That’s how described their relationship.
Interracial marriages were legalized after the “Loving vs. Virginia” case. The number of these marriages jumped really high. Lawmakers were no longer against love.
This story definitely warmed up our hearts. We needed something like this in these hard times. The nation was shocked by the death of George Floyd, and this story restores our faith in humanity. Racism is never an option, and it’s about time for lawmakers to stop the nonsense.
Discrimination will never set us free. We are all the same, and we all carry the same load. Let’s love and respect each other. The love story of Myra and Howard should teach us a lesson.