Convention Timeline

This is a timeline of the dates and locations of the annual sessions in the history of NCGCC.

2016 Louisville, KY – 83rd Session

2015  Jacksonville, FL – 82nd Session

2014  New Orleans, LA – 81st Session

2013  Houston, TX – 80th Session
2012  Washington, D.C. – 79th Session.
Dr. Marabeth Gentry installed as first female NCGCC President.
2011  Atlanta, GA – 78th Session.
The Convention remembers the passing of our beloved President, Bishop Kenneth H. Moales, Sr.
2010  Orlando, FL – 77th Session
Death of Bishop Kenneth H. Moales, Sr. – NCGCC, President.
The Convention remembers the passing of Min. Ted Thomas and Chairman Emeritus George “Buddy” Davis
2009 Las Vegas, NV – 76th Session
2008 Chicago, IL – 75th Anniversary
2007 Louisville, KY – 74th Session
2006 St. Louis, MO – 73rd Session
Death of Dr. Bruce Warren
2005 Orlando, FL – 72nd Session
2004 Buffalo, NY – 71st Session
2003 Washington, DC – 70th Session
2002 Nashville, TN – 69th Session
2001 Houston, TX – 68th Session
2000  New Orleans, LA – 67th Session
George “Buddy” Davis new Chairman of the Board
1999  Orlando, FL – 66th Session
1998  Charlotte, NC – 65th Session
1997  Atlanta, GA – 64th Session
1996  Baltimore, MD – 63rd Session
1995  Cleveland, OH – 62nd Session
1994  Cincinnati, OH – 61st Session
Death of Willa Mae Ford Smith
1993  Chicago, IL – 60th Session
Death of Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey, NCGCC Founder and President.
Rev. Kenneth Moales named president
1992  Winston-Salem, NC – 59th Session
1991  Miami, FL – 58th Session
1990  Birmingham, AL – 57th Session
Death of Joshua Gentry
Rev. Kenneth Moales appointed interim President
1989  Toledo, OH – 56th Session
1988  Washington, DC – 55th Session
1987  Nashville, TN – 54th Session
1986  Louisville, KY – 53rd Session
1985  Philadelphia, PA – 52nd Session
1984  Buffalo, NY – 51st Session
1983  Chicago, IL – 50th Session
1982  Orlando, FL – 49th Session
Due to ill health of Dr. Dorsey, Joshua Gentry assumes presidential duties.
“Say Amen, Somebody” recorded
1981  Houston, TX – 48th Session

1980  New York, NY – 47th Session

1979  Louisville, KY – 46th Session

1978  Atlanta, GA – 45th Anniversary

1977  Pittsburgh, PA – 44th Session
1976  Chicago, IL – 43rd Session
Death of Fannie Foster
Geneva Gentry appointed over Consecration Service.
1975  Cleveland, OH – 42nd Session
1974  St. Louis, MO – 41st Session
1973  Cincinnati, OH – 40th Session
1972  Washington, D.C. – 39th Session
First convention held totally in a hotel.
1971  Los Angeles, CA – 38th Session
Home for singers purchased and built in Chicago.
1970  Detroit, MI – 37th Session

1969  Philadelphia, PA – 36th Session

1968  Louisville, KY – 35th Session
1967  Houston, TX – 34th Session
Alumni Chorale founded by Rev. Earl Preston
Registration opens in the parent body.
1966  Buffalo, NY – 33rd Session
1965  Chicago, IL – 32nd Session
1964  Huntington, WV – 31st Session
1963  Pittsburgh, PA – 30th Session
1962  St. Louis, MO – 29th Session
1961  Philadelphia, PA – 28th Session
1960  Washington, D.C. – 27th Session
1959  Philadelphia, PA – 26th Session
First known Gospel musical drama.
1958  Chicago, IL – 25th Session
1957  Louisville, KY – 24th Session
1956  Detroit, MI – 23rd Session
James Cleveland Youth Dept. Music Director along with the O’neal Twins.
1955  Buffalo, NY – 22nd Session
1954  21st Session
Youth registration begins.
1953  Memphis, TN – 20th Session
1952  Minneapolis, MN – 19th Session
1951  OH – 18th Session
1950  Cincinnati, OH – 17th Session
Leadership Training School founded by Artelia Hutchins.
1949  Huntington, WV – 16th Session
Death of Magnolia Butts.
Fannie Foster appointed over Consecration Service.
1948  15th Session
1947  14th Session
Soloist Bureau features Mahalia Jackson, Delores Barrett, O’Neal Twins, Joe Mays and Geneva Gentry.
1946  Chicago, IL – 13th Session
1945  Detroit, MI – 12th Session
Purchased building for school in Chicago.
1944  Huntington, WV – 11th Session
Soloist Council name changed to Soloist Bureau.
1943  Cincinnati, OH – 10th Session
1942  St. Louis, MO – 9th Session
Joshua Gentry Youth President with youth such as Della Reese, Dinah Washington andAretha Franklin.
1941  New York, NY – 8th Session
1940  Chicago, IL – 7th Session
1939  E. St. Louis, IL – 6th Session
Junior Department (Youth Dept.) founded by Dr. Frye with Ruth Hutchins, President, Joshua Gentry 1st Vice., Roberta Martin, 1st Junior Dept. Supervisor.
Soloist Council founded by Willa Mae Ford Smith.
1938  Dayton, OH – 5th Session
Consecration Service instituted by Magnolia Butts.
1937  Indianapolis, IN – 4th Session
Vesper service started and led by Dr. Frye.
1936  Detroit, MI – 3rd Session
Founders’ Day instituted; Artist Night instituted by Magnolia Butts.
1935  Cincinnati, OH – 2nd Session
Scholarship Dept. Founded by Magnolia Butts.
1934  St. Louis, MO – 1st Session
Dorsey Day instituted.
Advisory Board adopted.
1933  Chicago, IL – 1st bylaws adopted.
Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey elected president.