PLAINFIELD, NJ — A "Car-a-Bration" celebration took place Saturday to mark the birthdays of Plainfield residents Charles and Anna Booker. Mr. Booker turned 97 on May 26, and Mrs. Booker turns 95 on June 17. In an age of social distancing, the couple was celebrated from a social distance, six feet apart, with face coverings.

The Bookers, according to Beverly Ann Booker Shelton, "were the instrumental couple that lent their name to the landmark case, Booker vs. The Plainfield Board of Education in 1965.

"To the shock, surprise and delight of the Bookers, members of the Plainfield community and all the organizations that they are members of and associated with took a moment to parade by their Woodland Avenue home to throw droplet-less kisses, honk their horns, shake balloons, display signs and wave as they motored by," Booker Shelton said.

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Honoring the Bookers through the impressive drive-by birthday “Car-a-Bration” celebration were Assemblywoman Linda Carter, members of the Livingstone College Mid-Regional New Jersey Alumni Chapter, the Plainfield Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the Plainfield Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Calvary Baptist Church of Plainfield, S.E.V.E.N. + One, Inc., North Jersey Chapter of the Tuskegee Alumni Association, Plainfield/Scotch Plains Area National Council of Negro Women, Plainfield/Brunswick Branch of the National Association of University Women, Plainfield Shut In Council, Plainfield Housing Authority, Senior Citizens Center of Plainfield, and family members and friends. is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.

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