FILE - In this March 4, 2019 file photo Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks at a news conference in Beauregard, Ala. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is apologizing after a radio interview described her wearing blackface during a college skit in the 1960s. Ivey issued a statement Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 saying that she does not remember the sketch or ever wearing blackface but wanted to “offer my heartfelt apologies for the pain and embarrassment this causes.” (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Alabama governor apologies for wearing blackface in college

August 29, 2019 - 1:54 pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is apologizing after a radio interview described her wearing blackface during a college skit in the 1960s.

Ivey issued a statement Thursday saying that she does not remember the sketch or ever wearing blackface but wanted to "offer my heartfelt apologies for the pain and embarrassment this causes."

Ivey issued the apology and released a 1967 recording of an Auburn University college radio interview her then-fiance Ben LaRavia gave describing the skit. Ivey at the time was SGA vice-president.

He describes her wearing "black paint all over her face" in a skit at the Baptist Student Union party.

Ivey said Thursday that she did not remember the skit, but "will not deny what is the obvious."

Ivey said "that is not who I am today."

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This story has been edited to correct the time reference in the penultimate paragraph to Thursday, instead of Friday.