Everyone knows the story of how Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus and became a civil rights icon in the 1950s. What you might not know, however, is that when she was 81 years old, she was robbed and assaulted in her Detroit, Michigan home.

Afterward, federal judge and fellow civil rights activist Damon Keith looked hard to find the elderly woman an apartment in the city where she would feel safe.

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When Mike Ilitch, the founder of Little Caesars Pizza, and the owner of the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings, read about the story in the paper, he went behind the scenes and offered to shoulder the burden wherever Parks chose to live.

Ilitch and his wife paid Rosa Parks’ rent for a decade, the remainder of her life. Parks died in 2005, at the age of 92. The story didn’t come to light until 2014, and was in the news again recently when Mike Ilitch recently passed away on February 10.

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Kind of makes you want to go out and grab a hot and ready pizza and some crazy bread, doesn’t it?

h/t: Mentalfloss

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