Rest In Peace Mike Ilitch! The Little Caesars founder and Detroit Tigers owner died last Friday. However, he left a huge impact on the civil rights movement and genuinely being a good person.
According to cnn, for more than a decade, Ilitch had quietly paid for Rosa Parks' apartment in downtown Detroit. Shortly after her famed defiance of segregation sparked the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, Parks moved to Detroit and became an important presence in the city for years afterward.
But in 1994, Parks was robbed and assaulted in her home at the age of 81.
Damon Keith, an important legal figure in the civil rights movement, worked to find Parks a new, safer apartment at the Riverfront Apartments in Detroit, according to the Sports Business Daily.