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“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 “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.  


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“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 “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.  

58 review for Overnight Code: The Life of Raye Montague, the Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Zhang

    I would 100%% recommend this book! Not only did I learn so much, but I was truly inspired by this story. The writing felt accessible and was not full of technical jargon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I was expecting a book about a pioneer in naval ship building, but was just the surface of Raye Montague’s story. Overcoming race and gender discrimination, she forged an incredible career while never passing up the opportunity to mentor those around her, including youth. My favorite part of this book was experiencing the bond Raye had with her mother and with her son. Such an amazing story!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maya Brooks

    Overnight Code should be required reading for high schoolers and young professionals. This book is great for someone looking to get a really good overview of 20th century U.S. black history from World War II, to the Civil Rights Movement, to the Cold War. It’s also a good insight to the double burden faced by Black women in the U.S. in the 20th century as they dealt with being overlooked and underestimated by their white peers while also trying to take care of a family. In fact Raye’s experience Overnight Code should be required reading for high schoolers and young professionals. This book is great for someone looking to get a really good overview of 20th century U.S. black history from World War II, to the Civil Rights Movement, to the Cold War. It’s also a good insight to the double burden faced by Black women in the U.S. in the 20th century as they dealt with being overlooked and underestimated by their white peers while also trying to take care of a family. In fact Raye’s experiences resonated with me as Black women living in America in 2021. We are still fighting for inclusion and equality. This book also offers career advice for all young professionals but especially if you’re interested in the fields of engineering, computer science, and math. Raye Montague’s story is incredibly inspiring, frustrating, uplifting, and heartfelt and I’m so glad more people will know her name now that this book exists.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Rynecki

    Armed with a business degree and an incredible amount of confidence in her abilities, Raye Montague excelled against social, political, and historical barriers. At its heart, the story of persistence and perseverance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    Interesting story of Raye, a Black woman, who struggled against discrimination of color and woman to climb higher into the US Navy to help develop a computer & programing to design navy ships.

  6. 4 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    In an era of shattering glass ceilings, no story tells of overcoming adversity better than this captivating memoir that tells the incredible story of Raye Montague, the engineer credited with creating the first digital draft of a United States naval ship. Rich with historical details and beautiful photographs of Raye throughout her life’s journey, OVERNIGHT CODE is an absolute must-read. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2021/01/12/hidde... In an era of shattering glass ceilings, no story tells of overcoming adversity better than this captivating memoir that tells the incredible story of Raye Montague, the engineer credited with creating the first digital draft of a United States naval ship. Rich with historical details and beautiful photographs of Raye throughout her life’s journey, OVERNIGHT CODE is an absolute must-read. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2021/01/12/hidde...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan Luce

    Biography of young black woman from Arkansas that revolutionized the way ships of the Navy were designed. Even though a college graduate, she learned computer coding on her own and figured out how to integrate separate design specifications to create a ship. She was amazing!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jas

    Fascinating book on the Navy's 'Hidden Figure'. Through all the trials of growing up in the segregated south and as a Black Woman, she managed to advance up the chain and among many other things, built the interfaces to disparate software design systems to accomplish the 'couldn't be done' in designing Navy ships on the computer and taking a couple of years of effort down to a few weeks. Very impressive lady, and she gave back to society, youth, and girls in helping them succeed. Fascinating book on the Navy's 'Hidden Figure'. Through all the trials of growing up in the segregated south and as a Black Woman, she managed to advance up the chain and among many other things, built the interfaces to disparate software design systems to accomplish the 'couldn't be done' in designing Navy ships on the computer and taking a couple of years of effort down to a few weeks. Very impressive lady, and she gave back to society, youth, and girls in helping them succeed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hen

    Interesting insights into issues encountered by a black woman working for the Navy. She seems to have been talented but the book only spoke in generalities of her work in computer based ship structure so I couldn't judge for myself. Some bias issues depend on the observer's position and much here is self described by Raye. Even so it seems clear she had to really work to get ahead, as she surely did, and I admire that quality. Interesting insights into issues encountered by a black woman working for the Navy. She seems to have been talented but the book only spoke in generalities of her work in computer based ship structure so I couldn't judge for myself. Some bias issues depend on the observer's position and much here is self described by Raye. Even so it seems clear she had to really work to get ahead, as she surely did, and I admire that quality.

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