Michelle Obama celebrates Black History Month, 'Bountiful' star Cicely Tyson at White House
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Michelle Obama celebrates Black History Month, 'Bountiful' star Cicely Tyson at White House

Actor Blair Underwood smiles during a roundtable discussion 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)

WASHINGTON – Michelle Obama says African-American History Month is about “honouring 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 honouring, 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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