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story.lead_photo.caption Raye Montague - Photo by Benjamin Krain

Raye Montague’s mother once explained the facts of her life this way: “You’re female, you’re black and you’re going to have a segregated school education — so you’re going to have three strikes against you. But you can do anything you want to do and you can be anything you want to be.” Montague, 77, grew up in segregated Arkansas, attending all-black schools in Pine Bluff and riding in the back of the bus. She graduated from high school in 1956, a year after Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up a bus seat to a white person and a year before Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to Little Rock Central High School.

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High Profile, Pages 39 on 12/16/2012

Print Headline: Raye Jean Jordan Montague


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  • PinkPoodle
    December 17, 2012 at 5:04 p.m.

    The High Profile featuring Mrs. Raye Jean Jordan Montague is one of the best Profiles featured in the Arkansas Democrate/Gazette. Her story is a little unknown African American fact that should be included in African American History books.

    Mrs. Montague is a great of example of perseverance!