Rosa Parks' Connection To Little Caesars' Founder You Never Knew About
17 February, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Nora May
The commitment shown by Mike Ilitch to Detroit was returned to the Ilitch family in an intimate manner by those who visited to pay their respects. Among the stories being told is one that the Sports Business Daily broke in 2014: For more than a decade, Ilitch paid the rent of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Keith was working with a real estate developer to try to find Parks a safer place to live when they received an unsolicited call from Ilitch wanting to help. The billionaire started paying Parks' rent in 1994 and did so for 11 years, up until her death in 2005. The founder of Little Caesars, Ilitch owned the Detroit Tigers baseball team as well and was considered one of the more charitable souls in the Detroit area.
They joined her sister and brother-in-law in Detroit, where Parks continued her social activism as a key member of the civil rights movement. And, you know, everybody said did you send Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch an invitation to your wedding?
"Our goalies are winning games for us, but we've also really focused on defense since Mike took over", St. Louis defenseman Joel Edmundson said. Under Ilitch's leadership the Red Wings won four Stanley Cups and made the playoffs for 25 straight years - a streak that is still ongoing.
Keith wasn't sure exactly how long Ilitch sent in money, or how much his gifts totaled over the years.
In 1985, he opened Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a traveling restaurant that feeds the hungry and hands out food during disasters, earning the acclaim of presidents Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and Ronald Reagan.
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Ilitch's passing is a huge loss for both the sports world and the Detroit community.
"Mike, on another note, I was looking over my file for Rosa Parks, specifically, after she was beaten up and we rallied together to get her in the Riverfront Apartments (where she remained until her passing)", it states.
"To go over there and see Mrs. Ilitch and give a hug, it's nice to be able to do that", he said, according to a report by George Sipple in the Deroit Free Press.
"They kept pushing Detroit, and if it had not been for them, Detroit would not be in the renaissance that they're in now", he told WXYZ.
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