Banners was established in 1992 under the guidance of Dr. Robert Hebert, then president of McNeese State University, and Mary Richardson, who initially served as part-time director of the program.
At the time, Dr. Hebert realized that many of the events staged by the School of Liberal Arts were being presented at the same general time. His idea was to organize those events into a series so more people could experience each event. A committee was then formed, consisting of one representative from each department of the College of Liberal Arts. Their first task was to develop a name and a format – and soon Banners was born.
In its second year, Banners became a full-fledged series, featuring Ellis Marsalis. By the third year, Mary Richardson had become the full-time director of the program – and Banners was truly on its way.