Raymond A. Winbush is Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. He is the former Benjamin Hooks Professor of Social Justice at Fisk University and Director of the University’s Race Relations Institute. He also served as Assistant Provost and Director of the Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of three books, including his latest, Belinda’s Petition: A Concise History of Reparations for the Transtlantic Slave Trade, (Xlibris, 2009) a “prequel” to his book, Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations which was published by HarperCollins in 2003 and hit Essence Magazine’s bestsellers list shortly after its release. It has been called by Cornel West a “must read” when it comes to understanding the struggle for reparations.. His book, The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys, (Harper Collins, 2001), is a comprehensive African-centered program for rearing healthy Black boys in a racist society.
His travels include Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, France, England, Holland, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Honduras, Ecuador, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Jamaica, where he seeks to understand how African people have influenced world culture. He has made appearances on CNN, the CBS Morning Show and Black Entertainment Television and the Oprah Winfrey Show with the cast of the critically acclaimed film, Crash.
His hobbies include, writing, jazz, rap music, computers and photography. He is the proud father of three children, Omari, Sharifa and Faraji Winbush.