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The Founder of Little Caesars Paid Rosa Parks’ Rent For Over a Decade

Mike Ilitch, the recently deceased founder of Little Caesar’s is turning out to be more charitable than anyone knew.

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Celebrating someone’s death is obviously not something we do in this country, but sometimes you find out after someone has passed that they were much more than anyone initially thought.

Mike Ilitch, the founder of pizza chain Little Caesars, and the owner of the Detroit Tigers died last week, and afterwards it was discovered that he had a connection to Rosa Parks, and iconic leader in the civil rights movement.

The best kind of heroes are silent heroes, and Ilitch proved he is just that by paying for Rosa Parks’ downtown Detroit apartment for more than a decade. In case you weren’t paying attention in history class, Rosa Parks became the face of the civil rights movement when she refused to give up her seat at the front of a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Afterwards she moved to Detroit and remained a fixture for civil rights. In 1994, she was robbed and assaulted in her home, so she had to move. Ilitch read her story in the newspaper, and offered to pay for her housing indefinitely, which he did until she died in 2005.

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This story isn’t a new one, but with Ilitch’s death there has been a renewed interest in everything he did. It is also a good thing for Detroit to have some positive news. I have seen articles everywhere about rebuilding, and renovation going on in the city, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Detroit is on its way back into prosperity. If you are looking to invest in some long-term real estate, Detroit may be worth a look.

I can’t promise you free rent though, apparently that is only reserved for civil rights heroes.

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