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Michelle Obama Honors Cicely Tyson At White House Screening Of 'The Trip To Bountiful'

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Actress Cicely Tyson acknowledges applause as she arrives for remarks by US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks following a screening of The Trip to Bountiful, a TV version of the Tony award-nominated Broadway revival of Horton Footes play on February 24, 2014 in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House in Washington. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) | MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says African-American History Month is about "honoring those who came before us" and "resolving to do our part to live up to that example."

The first lady spoke Monday at a White House screening of Lifetime Television's film version of "The Trip to Bountiful."

The movie stars Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer, who discussed the film after the viewing.

Mrs. Obama says the month is also about honoring, in her words, "those who demanded more from the world around them and those who reached for higher standards through their life's work."

Tyson won a Tony Award for her performance in a Broadway revival of "The Trip to Bountiful" last year.

Mrs. Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, saw the Broadway show last August.

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