Most of us know Rashida Jones as the intelligent and sensitive Ann Perkins, who’s best of friends with Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. You may also know she’s the daughter of legendary music producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton.
But if you tune into the newest episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, NBC’s family tree documentary series, her family portrait will become even more clear– especially since Jones has both black and Jewish ancestors, and she, herself, knew very little about her mother’s side of the family before she shot this episode.
In the clip below, Jones and her mother visit the graves of some of their relatives. The scene gets heavy as Jones relates the information she’s learned about her family to her mom. “I am lucky to be alive. There are so many ways I can not be here— being a descendent of slaves,” Jones says.
The Parks and Rec star continues on, turning her thoughts to the Holocaust:
I feel really strongly that this story can’t be told enough, because it’s not just a story about losing people. And it’s not just a story about honoring your family, but it’s really a story about how lack of tolerance and fear and hatred and turning a blind eye can result in so much tragedy. I feel like it’s a duty of somebody who is a very lucky descendent of people who made it through to keep telling the story.
Watch the video below, and watch the full episode this Friday at 8 pm EST on NBC.