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4th annual Women’s March draws protesters across the country

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Thousands of protesters took part in women’s marches on Saturday, with a main event in Washington, D.C., and sister marches taking place across the country.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: With the U.S Capitol in the background, demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Av. during the Women's March in Washington, Oct. 17, 2020.


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With the U.S Capitol in the background, demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Av. during the Women’s March in Washington, Oct. 17, 2020.

Organizers had anticipated 116,000 in-person and virtual participants. They said tens of thousands showed up at what turned out to be 438 #CountonUs marches across all 50 states.

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Actions were planned in key swing states including “a march for Black lives lost in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” a “Feminist Icon Costume Party in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,” and a “golf cart parade at The Villages, Florida,” according to organizers.

Women’s march protests have taken place every year since the first drew more than a million to various locations the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

This year’s goal was to ensure that the 1.25 million women on the organization’s list vote and bring three friends.

“Women showed up in force on day 1 of Trump’s presidency for the first Women’s March, and now we’re mobilizing to finish what we started,” Rachel O’Leary Carmona, the executive director of Women’s March said in a statement. “Trump’s presidency began with women taking to the streets, and that’s how it’s going to end.”

MORE: Women’s March 2019: Everything you need to know


a group of people walking in front of a crowd: With the U.S Capitol in the background, demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Av. during the Women's March in Washington, Oct. 17, 2020.


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With the U.S Capitol in the background, demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Av. during the Women’s March in Washington, Oct. 17, 2020.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: People take part in the 2020 Women's March next to the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, Oct. 17, 2020.


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People take part in the 2020 Women’s March next to the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, Oct. 17, 2020.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: People march during the Women's March in downtown Chicago, Oct. 17, 2020.


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People march during the Women’s March in downtown Chicago, Oct. 17, 2020.



a group of people holding a sign: People take part in a Power Together Women's March, Oct. 17, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.


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People take part in a Power Together Women’s March, Oct. 17, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.



a group of people posing for the camera: Dressed as handmaids, protesters attend the Women's March at Freedom Plaza on Oct. 17, 2020, in Washington.


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Dressed as handmaids, protesters attend the Women’s March at Freedom Plaza on Oct. 17, 2020, in Washington.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Demonstrators rally during the Women's March at Freedom Plaza, Oct. 17, 2020, in Washington.


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Demonstrators rally during the Women’s March at Freedom Plaza, Oct. 17, 2020, in Washington.



a man and a woman looking at the camera: A woman wears a face mask with images of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as people take part in the 2020 Women's March at Washington Square park in New York City, Oct. 17, 2020.


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A woman wears a face mask with images of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as people take part in the 2020 Women’s March at Washington Square park in New York City, Oct. 17, 2020.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: People participate in a nationwide Women's March in honor of the late late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 election, in Washington, Oct. 17, 2020.


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People participate in a nationwide Women’s March in honor of the late late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 election, in Washington, Oct. 17, 2020.



a person holding a sign posing for the camera: People rally during the Women's March at Freedom Plaza, Oct. 17, 2020, in Washington.


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People rally during the Women’s March at Freedom Plaza, Oct. 17, 2020, in Washington.



a group of people walking in front of a crowd: Demonstrators gather to take part in the nationwide Women's March on Oct. 17, 2020, at Freedom Plaza in Washington.


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Demonstrators gather to take part in the nationwide Women’s March on Oct. 17, 2020, at Freedom Plaza in Washington.



a man holding a sign: People gather for the Women's March in Freedom Plaza, in Washington, Oct. 17, 2020.


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People gather for the Women’s March in Freedom Plaza, in Washington, Oct. 17, 2020.

Video: Protesters gather at Freedom Plaza for Washington’s women’s march (AFP)

Protesters gather at Freedom Plaza for Washington’s women’s march

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Clemson’s business school draws $60M gift, the university’s largest ever donation | Greenville Business

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Clemson has secured a major donation — a university record of $60 million — to name the new business school at the center of campus.

The donor is a Pee Dee businessman who was raised on a farm and made his fortune through his Florence-based construction and property management businesses. W.O. “Billy Powers, now in his 80s, attended Clemson in the 1950s before returning home to work on the family farm. 

The gift, made along with his wife of 38 years, Ann Powers, marks the largest one-time donation to a business school in the state. Darla Moore has donated a combined $70 million to the business school named after her at the University of South Carolina.

“We have our first named college and our students are going to benefit … for decades to come,” Clemson President Jim Clements said after the announcement.

Powers himself did not make a statement on Friday, though in a pre-taped video shown to about 40 people gathered at the college for the announcement he spoke about the virtues of perseverance and working from the bottom up. 



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Brian O’Rourke, left, Clemson’s vice president for development and alumni relations, speaks with Ann and W.O. ‘Billy’ Powers on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, during a ceremony to announce the Powers’ $60 million donation to the university.



“Billy loves this place,” Clements said. “He believes Clemson changed his life.”

The lion’s share of the Powers’ money will be placed in an endowment, Business Dean Wendy York said after the announcement. It will fund programs and student scholarships for “a hundred years.” Details on how the money would be spent were not released, but York said some of the money would go toward the new business college’s construction as well.

Clemson’s College of Business has more than 5,000 students, and business is the fastest growing major on campus.

The college will now be known as the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business. Built at a cost of $87.5 million, the twin-tower business college just off Walter T. Cox Boulevard provides 176,000 square feet of teaching and common space for undergraduate business students. Located at the heart of the Clemson campus just across from Sikes Hall, it opened for classes this fall.

The South Tower of the Business college will be named after their grandson, Chandler Burns, who graduated in 2015 but died of a sudden illness in 2016.



Clemson University College of Business

The Clemson University College of Business.



Ann Powers said in a taped statement that her husband is accustomed to donating anonymously but broke with habit because of the opportunity to spotlight their grandson. Billy Powers said he had always expected Chandler to take over his business.

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“It just destroyed us,” Billy Powers said in his taped statement.

The Powers’ daughter, Penny, said Billy Powers recognized how hard