Alabama governor apologies for wearing blackface in college
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.