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Owner of Little Caesars Proudly Paid Rosa Parks Rent for More Than A Decade

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BY: NISHA THOMAS

Those who’d known Mike Ilitch, the founder of Little Caesars and owner of the Detroit Tigers who’d unfortunately passed just last Friday, you would have known that he’d spent his last days sharing fond memories with close friends and family.

Ilitch has had a major impact on the community of Detroit, as well as sports, and even in the daily life of one person in particular.

Rosa Parks was an icon for the Civil Rights movement and for more than a decade, the CEO of the famous pizza franchise paid her apartment rent in downtown Detroit, according to CNN affiliate WXYZ.

This story only came to light thanks to the interest of Damon Keith, a Detroit native and Federal judge.

“They don’t go around saying it, but I want to, at this point, let them know, how much the Ilitches not only meant to the city, but they meant so much for Rosa Parks, who was the mother of the civil rights movement,” Keith told WXYZ.
However, in the same year, Ilitch worked to find better living conditions for Ms. Parks in Riverfront Apartments of Detroit, according to Sports Business Daily.

He’d heard about the unfortunate story in the local newspaper and offered to pay for Parks’ housing in a different area from the one that she’d stayed in.
Mr. Mike Ilitch was described as a very kind, loving and giving man that worked hard to take care of the people around him and Ms. Parks was no exception to his free-giving heart.
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