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Rosa Park’s Rent Was Paid By ‘Little Caesars’ Founder For More Than A Decade

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By, Jen Nicole

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This is the last type of story you would expect to hear, but you know when people pass away all of their good OR bad stories come to light and depending on who you are and how you have treated people in your life, the stories can end up being only between your family and friends or the whole wide world. In the case of Mike Ilitch, his positive stories are flooding the internet which is basically the whole wide world and one story in particular has the Black community shining a light on him.

Mike Ilitch, who founded Little Caesars and owned the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, died on Friday at the age of 87. “Now, as Detroit marks the loss of the pizza magnate, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has shared the story of how Ilitch paid Rosa Parks‘ rent for over a decade.”-

“It will give you a sense of the kind of man Mike Ilitch was,” Calley wrote on Saturday morning along with a link to the MLive story.

According to Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal, Ilitch took over on paying Parks’ rent in 1994 when he heard that there were some concerns over her welfare and safety when she became the victim of assault and robbery. He continued to pay her rent up until she died in 2005.”-

“It’s important that people know what Mr. Mike Ilitch did for Ms. Rosa Parks because it’s symbolic of what he has always done for the people of our city,” U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith said in 2014.

A truly amazing act of kindness.

Apparently this was not the only act of kindness he portrayed either, since his death many stories of his generosity and kindness have been flooding social media and other places as many remember him and share their own tributes.


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