In the season finale, “America in Color: 1960s,” rare archival films, iconic news footage and home movies reveal the 1960s as a decade of revolution that brought forth modern America. Seventy million viewers watch Kennedy and Nixon in the first televised Presidential debate. Seldom-seen stills of a fire-bombed bus in Alabama illustrate the violent resistance that met “Freedom Riders,” while recently restored footage shows Governor George Wallace vowing “segregation forever.”
The episode also features recently discovered footage of Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering a speech at Stanford University, and Walter Cronkite’s live TV announcement of the assassination of President Kennedy, presented in color for the first time. Home movies of the Woodstock Festival depict the counter-culture, which embraced peace, love and protests against the Vietnam War - – many of which have never been seen.
“AMERICA IN COLOR,” one of the most ambitious colorizing projects ever undertaken, has taken a decade-by-decade look back at the nation's most significant moments and its most iconic images, brought back to life in stunning 4K color. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, the first four compelling episodes covered the story of America from the 1920s to the 1950s, like it has never been seen before, with this Sunday culminating in the same treatment for the 1960s, utilizing cutting-edge digital technology to bring the country's most seminal moments to vibrant life.