For as long as anyone can remember the citizens Vidalia, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi have come together over the Memorial Day weekend to honor black military service to the country. They pray, they march, they celebrate and they remember. Virtually unknown outside the region, this annual patriotic event is passed down from generation and dates back to the end the Civil War.
On Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, film makers and Jackson State University alums, James Theres and Chris Windfield, filmed the event and turned it into an award-winning 28-minute documentary entitled, “The 30th of May.” Using animation, archival and aerial footage, and interviews with veterans, organizers and participants, the “30th of May”documentary brings to life the remarkable untold story of this African American-led patriotic tradition in the Deep South.
The film’s original score and original song capture the spirit of the 30th of May. It’s a tradition unlike any other on the country.