Alabama gover­nor apolo­gies for wear­ing black­face in col­lege

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MONT­GOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey apol­o­gized Thurs­day for wear­ing black­face decades ago, be­com­ing the lat­est politi­cian to face scru­tiny over racially in­sen­si­tive pho­tos and ac­tions from col­lege days.

Ivey, 74, is­sued the apol­ogy after a 1967 radio in­ter­view sur­faced in which her now-ex-hus­band de­scribes her ac­tions in a skit at Auburn Univer­sity, where she was vice pres­i­dent of the stu­dent govern­ment.

Her then-fi­ance, Ben LaRavia, de­scribes Ivey as wear­ing cov­er­alls and “black paint all over her face.”

“I of­fer my heart­felt apolo­gies for the pain and em­bar­rass­ment this causes, and I will do all I can — go­ing for­ward — to help show the na­tion that the Alabama of to­day is a far cry from the Alabama of the 1960s,” Ivey said.

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