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The February 10 death of Little Caesars founder Mike Ilitch prompted his hometown of Detroit to reflect on the important philanthropic efforts he made to the community, WXYZ reports.

For over ten years, the Detroit businessman paid the rent of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, according to a 2014 news article from Sports Business Daily. Though locally reported, the information was not widely known.

Ilitch stepped in after a 1994 burglary in Park’s apartment raised concerns over her safety.

The outlet spoke with former federal appeals judge Damon Keith, who produced a check for $2,000 from Little Caesars Enterprises, which was written out to Riverfront Apartments. Keith was made the executor of Parks’ estate after her death in 2005.

Keith told Sports Business Daily that when news of the burglary spread, he reached out to the owner of Riverfront Apartments, Alfred Taubman, who vowed to help Parks find placement.

After Ilitch read about Parks’ ordeal in the local paper he reached out to Keith, promising to pay her rent for however long was needed.

“Mike Ilitch is totally committed to Detroit,” Keith said to the Business Daily. “He brought the Little Caesars corporate offices here. He saved the Fox Theatre. He built Comerica Park, and he kept the hockey and baseball teams thriving here when times were tough. But of all the incredible things he has done for the city, people should know what he did for Rosa Parks.”

PHOTO: AP

SOURCE: WXYZ, Sports Business Daily

 

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21 thoughts on “Little Caesars Founder Paid Rosa Parks’ Rent For Over A Decade

    • She’s irrelevant, and so are u. So Get to steppin. Btw, I didn’t make that comment below, but I agree with everything it said. So u can take a dive, into a low lake. I own my comments, rather u like them or not.

  1. Arthur Childress on said:

    Not surprising. Mike llitch was a good man. A perfect gentleman, humble and respectful despite his great wealth. So unlike the pompous, lying, ego-maniac that is in the White House now!

    • Dr. Larry on said:

      Arthur, your hatred is going to be your undoing also. Please take to heart the words of Joy Villa:
      “There was a lot of controversy around the president and a lot of hate honestly, and I wanted to change the narrative,” Villa said. “I wanted in some small way to just show support and unity.
      “It’s not about who you voted for or what you believe, it’s more about love and unifying. As the United States of America for the world they look at us and if we’re divided, it doesn’t paint a good picture.
      “I wanted this dress to be a beacon of hope, for love, for support and for making a decision to go against the grain. … It was a statement of love above all.”

      • Dr. Larry on said:

        Diane, your hatred is going to be your undoing. Please take to heart the words of Joy Villa:
        “There was a lot of controversy around the president and a lot of hate honestly, and I wanted to change the narrative,” Villa said. “I wanted in some small way to just show support and unity.
        “It’s not about who you voted for or what you believe, it’s more about love and unifying. As the United States of America for the world they look at us and if we’re divided, it doesn’t paint a good picture.
        “I wanted this dress to be a beacon of hope, for love, for support and for making a decision to go against the grain. … It was a statement of love above all.” I hope to God that you find some peace and love in your life.

      • I believe every word you speak. Just reading your comments speaks to a life filled with hatred and failure. You are a foul mouthed, illiterate hate monger, who would gladly pull everyone around you back down into the crab barrel just so you could live your life of misery with company. Wishing failure upon the very country in which you reside, is proof positive of a way of thinking that makes it dangerous for anyone to trust or believe in you. It’s sad and pitiful, which is why I stopped responding to your posts. You deserve compassion, not scorn, because you have filthy words, hateful thoughts and a mean spirit, but no power to make beneficial changes that would positively impact anyone. Now, that has to be a miserable way to live life. So sorry for you.

    • Arthur Childress on said:

      Terrie, there was no fame to be capitalized on when Mike Ilitch re-opened several public recreation centers that the city of Detroit had closed due to lack of funding. Ilitch really was a good man. It appears that Trump has given all wealthy white men a bad name

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