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First lady honors Cicely Tyson at film screening

First lady Michelle Obama reacts as she introduces the cast of "The Trip to Bountiful" after a screening the movie, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)First lady Michelle Obama reacts as she introduces the cast of "The Trip to Bountiful" after a screening the movie, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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."

First lady Michelle Obama laughs as she speaks after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)First lady Michelle Obama laughs as she speaks after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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.

First lady Michelle Obama gestures during remarks after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)First lady Michelle Obama gestures during remarks after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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.