Amaya Pernell, a 17-year-old student at Sacramento Charter High
school, said she was working at Underground Books when she came
across “Not Today Fear!” written by Kevin Powers. She said
Powers’ book confronts fear, an emotion that she said was
familiar and found it “can really stop you from
When it came time to book speakers for her high school’s Black
History month, she said she was determined to get Powers, a
Sacramento native, in front of her classmates.