In a video interview Jolie released Thursday with Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate for TIME 100 Talk, the actress praised her 15-year-old daughter as "an extraordinary African woman" who has taught her much.
"My daughter is from Ethiopia, one of my children … And I have learned so much from her. She is my family, but she is an extraordinary African woman and her connection to her country, her continent, is her own and it’s something I only stand back in awe of," she said of Zahara, whom she adopted as a baby in 2005.
The comments came during a long interview about Nakate's climate activism, as the Ugandan woman explained that climate justice can't be achieved without racial justice. At one point, Jolie brought up the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., global inequality and what she considers to be a poor system of educating U.S. students about Black history and Africa.
"What I see in, for example, American history books (is) how limited they are … They really start teaching people who are Black about their lives through the Civil Rights movement, which is such a horrible place to begin," she said.
Jolie asked Nakate if she could suggest "ways we can further educate people about Africa, about being a Black woman, about all that you know and you feel and the roots of" Uganda.
Nakate responded by correcting a common misperception. "Africa is not just a country," but rather a continent with 54 countries, she noted. "So, people need to know that. And they need to understand the history."
"Even in my country, I remember the history that we learned about, and it talked so much of slavery and all that. I think that is a narrative that needs to change," the 23-year-old activist said.
In a June interview with Harper's Bazaar, Jolie, 45, also spoke about her children, in particular of raising them amid a double standard of justice. "A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter – or any other man, woman or child in our country based on skin color – is intolerable," she said.
"We need to progress beyond sympathy and good intentions to laws and policies that actually address structural racism and impunity," Jolie told the magazine. "Ending abuses in policing is just the start. It goes far beyond that, to all aspects of society, from our education system to our politics."
Jolie currently shares custody of her children with ex-husband Brad Pitt.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Angelina Jolie calls daughter Zahara an 'extraordinary African woman'