High School Sweethearts Separated By Racism Reunite 43 Years Later.

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While they were classmates at Columbus West High School in the late 60s, Howard Foster and Myra Clark became high school sweethearts.

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.

Myra Clark / Facebook

Howard believed that he could handle all of the discrimination, but he was sadly mistaken.

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.

Howard Foster / Facebook

This is what led Howard to second-guess his relationship with his beloved Myra.

“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.

Myra Clark / Facebook

As the two said goodbye, Myra believed that they would see each other again one day.

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.

Mary Clark / Facebook

In 1967, interracial marriage became legal in the state of Virginia.

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.

Mary Clark / Facebook

Their story is just one of thousands, but luckily, theirs has a very happy ending.

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

Mary Clark / Facebook

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