Unfortunately, some people always seem to have a problem with accepting other people and the way they live their lives. Whether it's a gay couple or an interracial couple, there's always someone out there who has something to say about it. Thanks to racism, this couple was forced to separate many years ago, but that didn't mean that they weren't going to find each other again one day.
Like any other young couple, Howard and Myra would talk on the phone for hours each night. Unfortunately, other people decided that they had different plans for these young lovers.
After he graduated from high school, Howard went on to Columbus Technical Institute, where he faced racism on a daily basis. It never mattered how well he could do the work, he always received a “D” simply because he was black.
“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," explained Howard. He didn’t want Myra to suffer through the same discriminations as him, so he made the heartbreaking decision to end their relationship.
In 2013, 43 years after their last encounter, Howard met up with his high-school sweetheart, and as they say, the rest is history. The couple, who are both now in their 60s, vow to never be apart from one another again.
Howard and Mary finally tied the knot in 2015! Now, they're able to openly hold hands in public without the fear of discrimination. And they're both obviously happy to have each other back. “We enjoy each other; we really enjoy each other. I walked away once; I was not going to walk away again," said Howard.
Unfortunately, other couples weren't so lucky. We should all be grateful to share love with the people that we choose, but it's important to remember that we all need to keep fighting until everyone can love who they choose, without fear of being discriminated or targeted by violence.
“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream