Mike Ilitch, the founder of Little Caesars, passed away last week at the age of 87. As those who knew him pay their respects, a shining detail of charity has come to light regarding the late founder.
CNN reports that Ilitch had spent years paying for housing for Rosa Parks for years.
Parks, one of our nation’s most influential civic rights figures, was robbed and assaulted in her Detroit apartment back in 1994.
According to Sports Business Daily, federal judge Damon Keith promised to help Parks find a new and safer living situation. When Ilitch discovered this, he called Keith and offered to pay for Parks’ housing for as long as it took. He continued to send those checks until her passing in 2005.
With Ilitch’s recent passing, his selfless deed gained renewed traction.
Along with being the man behind Little Caesar’s, Ilitch was also the owner of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.