Obama told the group that at the Ford museum, he sat in the same bus made famous by civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat to a white rider.
“It gave me a moment to ponder the courage and tenacity,” of our very recent history, he said.
“We have a lot at stake in this election,” he said. “But we have the truth on our side.”
Ilitch, chairwoman of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, is the daughter of Mike and Marian Ilitch, who own the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings and Little Caesar s Pizza.