History Is What My YouTube Channel Is About

Paul Richards YouTube Channel Video Intro

Paul at rally

Still photo from Paul Richards Video Channel Trailer.

Three years ago, in 2011, I put the Paul Richards YouTube Channel to work with clips from 22 films from the Harvey Richards Media Archive. The idea was to add movie clips to the Archive web pages featuring the films so that people could see what sorts of things were in the films. YouTube allows you to embed videos directly on your site. After three years, the embedded videos are still there and working fine. Surprisingly, the clips from the Paul Richards YouTube Channel have been watched by 240,000 viewers in 110 countries, all without any advertising or effort on my part. The content of the films — the Bay Area peace movement in the 1960s, women and children in the Soviet Union (1961), California farm workers, Mississippi voter registration activists (1963 and 1964), Bay Area civil rights movementButte, Montana miners (1960), and deforestation of the west coast — seemed to bring people interested in those subjects to the channel.

Later YouTube put up an invitation to add a one minute “unsubscribed trailer” to introduce my channel to YouTube viewers who had not yet subscribed. I have now created the trailer (90 seconds) and present it here for viewers of my web site. As with other creative endeavors, it started out one way and finished another. The result is that for the first time I have made a direct statement about what the Paul Richards YouTube channel, and therefore, the Harvey Richards Media Archive, is all about. It may be obvious, but the fundamental purpose of the channel and web site were not obvious to me, until now. Before, I saw YouTube as a means to advertise the DVDs available from the Harvey Richards Media Archive. Yet DVD sales have never been large and the future has veered away from DVDs towards streaming. The Harvey Richards Media Archive has responded to the opportunities that have become available on Amazon Instant Videos for streaming videos by making our videos available there. Even while this process is going on, the number of viewers on YouTube continues to expand. The 240,000 viewers have brought home to me the widespread interest in our past and the truth about the 1960s. The images shot by my father, and preserved and disseminated by me, contain information people are looking for. It is now clear to me that  my purpose on YouTube is to make them available as widely as possible. The business of the HRMA is to create products that will bring these images to an ever wider audience. In this way, we can make sure the lessons of our past are available to young people, to media producers, book authors, publishers, and the interested public who have been inspired in the recent years with the occupy movement, the resurgence of organized labor, the human rights movements, the Arab spring, and so many other grass roots movements that are reshaping our country today, at long last.

Here is the script of the video:

Hello, I’m Paul Richards. History is what my channel is about.

History that includes my history and my father’s history.

I tell a story in photos and films that my father, Harvey Richards, shot in the 1960s. Photos and films about protesting war, fighting for workers’ rights, against racism, poverty and ecological destruction of our planet.

Sometimes the images include me marching, getting arrested, standing up for peace, civil rights, justice and an healthy planet.

These ideas and movements are coming back to the surface against the tide of corporate domination that drowned them out over the last decades.

The movements of 50 years ago have meaning today.

You may not know about them yet, but look through my channel to see how our fight against corporate power, poverty and war looked in the 1960s.

Take the time to see what the destruction of our western forests looked like and the devastation it left us with.

Watch the open pit mines devour our earth.

Knowing our history, we can move into the future.

Watch the trailer. Check out the Harvey Richards Media Archive.


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