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Circus Harmony’s executive director pays tribute to her late father, journalist Nat Hentoff

Jessica Hentoff, the executive director of Circus Harmony, recently lost her father, who died in January at the age of 91. She joined St. Louis on the Air to discuss a tribute she's planning for him.
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Jessica Hentoff, the executive director of Circus Harmony, recently lost her father, journalist Nat Hentoff, who died in January at the age of 91. She joined St. Louis on the Air to discuss a tribute she's planning for him.

In January, Nat Hentoff, a syndicated columnist and writer noted for his jazz criticism and attention to First Amendment issues, died at the age of 91.

His daughter, Jessica Hentoff, is a St. Louis resident and will pay tribute to her father’s work in an upcoming performance featuring Circus Harmony, the organization of which she is executive director.

The event, which is planned for March 17 at the .ZACK Theater, will feature current and former Circus Harmony performers and proceeds from the event will benefit the organization.

Hentoff said her father had a profound impact on those who knew him, including herself.

“To me it was the inspiration to make a difference, because his life certainly did,” Hentoff told St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh. “It is what I try to do with my work. What he did with writing, I try to do with circus arts and the kids at Circus Harmony. He wrote stories and he told stories of his subjects so well. I try to help young people write their own stories instead of having their stories written for them because of where they live, the color of their skin or their religion.”

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Jessica Hentoff joined the program to talk about her father and the role circus can play in social good:

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