The founder of Little Caesar's Pizza paid for Rosa Parks rent for over a decade. Mike Ilitch is his name. He was also the owner of the Detroit Tigers. He quietly paid for Rosa Parks' apartment in downtown Detroit.
After moving to Detroit in the 1950s, Parks became an important presence in the city for years afterward. However, in 1994, Parks was robbed and beaten in her home at the age of 81 years old. It was then that federal Judge Damon Keith worked to find Parks a new, safer apartment at the Riverfront Apartments in Detroit.
Mike Ilitch was reading the paper one day and he heard about Parks' story in the newspaper and called Keith offering to pay for Parks' housing indefinitely. With no fanfare, Ilitch continued paying for the apartment until Parks died in 2005.
The act of generosity from Ilitch truly shows the impact that Parks had and how her legacy continues to inspire people for decades to come. His kindness ensured that Parks had a safe and comfortable home for the remainder of her life, a fitting tribute to a woman who had done so much for her community.
Even today, the story of his kindness to Parks continues to inspire and remind us of the impact that one person can have on the life of another. It's a story that we should all cherish and remember, just like the legacy of Rosa Parks herself. And these are the things that people always never forget about.
He never told anybody. He kept it to himself. It was only somebody else who wanted to share his good deeds with someone else. So you may not have as much money as Mike Ilitch once had, but there's something that you can do that can help somebody else. You can just do it without looking for anything in return.
I believe moments like this are a part of history because it shows that one person can help somebody else, and that's all that matters at the end of the day. People don't care about how much money you made or how many trophies you won. The only thing that matters in the end is how many people did you help in your lifetime.
And what's more special about the story is that Mike never told anybody. Isn't that special? Most people would just share it with the whole world. They would say look who I'm helping. Look at me. But he didn't want to do that. His only goal was just to help one person and her name was Rosa Parks.
These stories remind us to help others without looking for anything in return. We need more people just like him.