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Kerry Washington celebrates George Lucas and Mellody Hobson for philanthropy work

The actress praised Mellody as one of her "personal heroes".

Kerry Washington returned to the spotlight on Thursday (08Dec16) to honour George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson, just weeks after welcoming her second child.

The Scandal star gave birth to a son named Caleb on 5 October (16), and on Thursday, she showed off her post-baby body in a low-cut floral mini dress as she hit the red carpet at the Ambassadors for Humanity Gala in Hollywood.

Kerry, who was accompanied to the event by her husband Nnamdi Asomugha, was on hand to celebrate the philanthropical work of Star Wars creator George and his spouse Mellody as they were recognised by officials at the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education, which was founded by director Steven Spielberg to document the memories of survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides to help educate future generations.

"It is a privilege to honour my friends George Lucas and Mellody Hobson," she began her touching speech, before heaping praise on her friend Mellody for her longtime activism.

"I will tell you this: I have known Mellody for many years," she said. "We met in our work together to end violence against women and girls, and I was quickly enamoured with who she is, what she has accomplished, what she wears, how she walks in the world. She is a phenomenal human being - a great girlfriend. She is one of my guiding lights and personal heroes."

Turning her attention to filmmaker George, she continued, "Her husband is obviously a genius and a trailblazer and a creative force. And I have to say, when I got to know him, he wasn't George Lucas: he was my friend's boyfriend and now husband.

"And I want to tell you about them. They are open-minded, and open-hearted. They have built a life for themselves and others with love, and empathy, and imagination and endless possibility. They are the real deal, and I can only pray that one day our world reflects what these two imagine and embody. I love you both dearly."

Kerry went on to note the importance of the work of The Institute for Visual History and Education, which "provides for a truly inspiring and transformative education".

Touching on the rising racial and religious tensions in America and across the globe, she added, "It is vitally important that students understand the perspective of others in their own place in the world. Because if we can build empathy, we can hope that all this hate we are seeing globally will become a thing of the past."

Other guests at the event, which featured an orchestra performance with composer John Williams, included Spielberg, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, and the blockbuster franchise's star Harrison Ford.

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