In 1948, Winbush's parents moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Much of the narrative of his early childhood is contained in Winbush's first book, The Warrior Method.
In addition to serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Black Studies and as executive board member for the National Council for Black Studies, Winbush has been professional consultant and southern region president to the Association of Black Culture Centers. He has lectured on the challenges faced by African men and the struggle for reparations throughout the United States, London, Amsterdam, Sydney, Paris, Brussels and Paramaribo.
In 2002, Ray Winbush aided in establishing the Global Afrikan Congress and appeared as race relations expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005. His books, The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys and Should America Pay? Slavery and The Raging Debate on Reparations were published in 2001 and 2003 respectively. His latest book, Belinda's Petition: A Concise History of Reparations For The Transatlantic Slave Trade (XLibris, 2009), is considered a "prequel" to Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations, and provides an overview of how reparations for the TransAtlantic Slave Trade has been a consistent theme among African people for the past 500 years.