Paige Bowers is a news and features writer as well as the author of The General's Niece. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. David R. Montague, the son of Raye Montague, is the director of online learning and faculty mentoring at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and is a tenured full professor of criminal justice.
What an amazing story about an amazing woman! Armed with a business degree and a gutsy attitude, Raye Montague fulfilled a childhood dream by going to work for the US Navy and ended up modernizing the way it designed its ships and submarines. Authors Bowers and Montague deploy plenty of heart, layered with careful attention to the history of racism and sexism, to restore Raye to her rightful place in computing history. Important and inspiring, Raye'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: One Woman's Journey to the Medal of Honor and the Fight for Women's Rights To be young, gifted, and Black! Raye Montague was all three and a Southern woman who was told that being a Black, gifted woman was not enough to succeed. This book chronicles the tenacity of Mrs. Montague to achieve despite living in a country dominated by the caste of racism and sexism. Mrs. Montauge's story is genuine, uplifting and witty. Every page offers a life lesson about navigating diversity, commitment, and parenting. Raye Montague should be a name that is known throughout the nation. This amazing book helps to make that happen. --Pearl K. Dowe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Emory University 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. 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 In this biography of groundbreaking computer engineer and ship designer Raye Montague, Overnight Code skillfully combines the personal, the political, and the scientific to tell the powerful and inspiring story of a woman who refused to be stopped by the dual challenges of racism and sexism in the largely male, largely White world of the early days of computer science. It is an important addition to the growing genre of works that give voice to important and largely forgotten women of science. --Pamela D. Toler, author of Women Warriors: An Unexpected History Overnight Code serves as a reminder that even in the toughest of environments, if you give someone a chance, they will excel beyond expectations. It is the lesson, the story, and the life of Raye Montague. --Artemesia Stanberry, coauthor of Stealth Reconstruction: An Untold Story of Racial Politics in Recent Southern History