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NAACP Calls for Alabama Gov. to Resign for Wearing Blackface in College Skit

HeadlineAug 30, 2019

The NAACP of Alabama is calling on the state’s Republican governor to resign after she acknowledged she once wore blackface during a college skit in 1967 when she was a student at Auburn. Republican Governor Kay Ivey apologized for the incident after audio of a radio interview resurfaced where she and her then-fiancé talked about the skit, in which she dressed in blackface and crawled around looking for cigar butts.

Ben LaRavia: “As I look at my fiancée across the room, I can see her that night. She had on a pair of blue coveralls, and she had put some black paint all over her face. And she was — we were acting out this skit called 'Cigar Butts.'”

Earlier this year, photos emerged of Kay Ivey’s sorority sisters at Auburn wearing blackface, but none showed the future governor.

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