Cheryl Woodruff Brooks



Cheryl Woodruff Books is the author of Chicken Bone Beach: A Pictorial History of Atlantic City's Missouri Avenue Beach and Golden Beauty Boss: The Story of Madame Sara Spencer Washington and the Apex Empire. Nominated for a 2017 Literary Award with the Schomburg Center in New York City, Chicken Bone Beach is used in various college courses, including at Purdue University. Cheryl's speaking engagements for Chicken Bone Beach include Rowan University, Atlantic City Historical Museum, and Delta Sigma Theta's Harrisburg Chapter. She's been featured in Penn State's Currents magazine, the #1 Thank Me Later podcast, and other media outlets. Cheryl's passion for writing began as a child and won her a Martha Holden Jennings Essay Scholarship in high school and another essay scholarship from the National Black MBA Association. Her work has appeared in publications such as Bronze Magazine, the American Studies Journal, and The Hershey Story Museum's Curator Column. Cheryl is also a professional vocalist and songwriter.