Tuesday Night Talk Back - 5/4/21

May 4, 2021
7 to 8 P.M.

Cummer Museum Auditorium
Registration Required

Join us for Tuesday Night Talk Backs, a special series in conjunction with Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness. These free programs, led by Exhibition Host Committee members Branita Mann and Dr. Kimberly Allen and Museum staff Wanda Willis, will host a limited number of attendees to engage in an open discussion in response to featured works. Make your reservation now as space is limited.


Wanda Willis is the Cummer Museum's Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion. Willis is dedicated to and leads the Museum's efforts to cultivate meaningful partnerships and promote strong community engagement. Her vision is to be a socially responsible partner that connects diverse audiences and is inclusive and representative of our community. Willis has held a number of relevant roles throughout her career, including working as the Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation’s associate director of development for major gifts. She has also worked with Edward Waters College as the assistant vice president of institutional advancement and served on boards and committees for groups such as WJCT, Teach for America, Women’s Giving Alliance, Junior League of Jacksonville and the Bridge of Northeast Florida.

Branita Mann is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and received a bachelor’s degree in Biology.  She later attended Georgia State University receiving a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  Branita has been a speech-language pathologist for 33 years serving students and adults in 6 different states. She has served on committees for the Charlotte Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as a board member for Our Clubhouse, formerly known as Gilda’s Club, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Branita is a devotee of all things related to the Arts and is excited about the continued growth witnessed in Jacksonville during the past 8 years she has lived here!

Dr. Kimberly Allen is attended Florida State University and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees: two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Family and Child Sciences; a master’s degree in Family and Child Sciences; and a Ph.D. in Human Sciences—Family Relations, which she started at the University of Georgia. She served as a Research Assistant and Director of Data and Research for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF). Dr. Allen became the CEO of 904WARD after serving as the board chair of the all-volunteer organization for two and a half years and a member two years before that. Her hope is to work the organization out of business so that her children, grandchildren and future generations can actually see the beauty in our city rather than just its potential.