“Overnight Code is a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration to overcome social barriers and to shatter glass ceilings.” —Carolyn Porter, Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate
The inspiring story of a groundbreaking African American female engineer who created the first computer-designed ship for the US Navy
Raye Montague was an ambitious little girl in segregated Little Rock. She grew to be a woman who spent a lifetime educating herself, both inside and outside of the classroom, so that she could become the person and professional she aspired to be.
Where some saw roadblocks, Montague only saw hurdles that needed to be overcome. Her mindset helped her become the first person to draft a Naval ship design by computer, using a program she worked late nights to debug. She did this as a single mother during the height of the Cold War, all the while imbuing her son with the hard-won wisdom she had accumulated throughout the years.
Equal parts coming-of-age tale, civil rights history, and reflection on the power of education, Overnight Code is a tale about persistence and perseverance when the odds against you seem insurmountable.
“What an amazing story about an amazing woman! . . . Important and inspiring, Raye Montague’s life demonstrates what a determined woman can accomplish even when the deck is doubly stacked against her.” —Theresa Kaminski, historian and author of Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War
“Raye Montague was a trailblazing figure made of grit and grace. Overnight Code unveils the true story behind her twin battles against racism and sexism as she earned her place in history as a computer programming pioneer.” —Carolyn Porter, Marcel’s Letters