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. That year, Parks had been robbed and assaulted in her central Detroit home at the age of 81, and a local judge and a real estate developer worked on finding her a safer home, recounts Al.com, citing a 2014 story in Sports Business Daily. And some members of the community chipped in to help make that happen, said Keith, a federal judge who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Detroit. He continued this remarkable deed until her death in 2005.
In December 1955, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, to a white passenger.
Now Mr. Armstrong's children work at Little Caesar's restaurants he owns in Detroit and Highland Park. The rise of the Ilitch family fortune, now estimated at some $6.1 billion, corresponded with a period which saw Detroit transformed from the city with the highest per capita income in the United States to the poorest big city in America. Ilitch is one you can surely say did.
'Hey, aren't you Rosa Parks?' he asked, and when she confirmed that she was, he asked for for money, saying he'd just chased off an intruder.
Jeff Blashill said that the visitation this morning and a prayer service last night, which he attended, help honor the empathy between Ilitch and the players. Despite the city's decline in the decades following, Ilitch stayed in his hometown, earning him much admiration.
Days after his passing, an article by the Sports Business Daily (published three years ago) has resurfaced about his generosity in Detroit.
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.
"I think that our owners always play very hard for ownership, they have an affinity for ownership, they know was special owners we have and certainly that is magnified tonight", he said.