‘Black people’ is a term used in certain countries, often in socially based systems of racial classification or of ethnicity, to describe persons who are perceived to be dark-skinned compared to other populations. As such, the meaning of the expression varies widely both between and within societies, and depends significantly on context. For many other individuals, communities and countries, “black” is also perceived as a derogatory, outdated, or otherwise unrepresentative label, and as a result is neither used nor defined.

Different societies apply differing criteria regarding who is classified as “black”, and these social constructs have also changed over time. In a number of countries, societal variables affect classification as much as skin colour, and the social criteria for “blackness” vary.

In Sociology, for Black History Month, year 10 have been working in small groups researching the people, place and culture of 6 different nations. They have put together their research into Google slides and presented these to the rest of the class, explaining what  ‘proud to be’ means, from Haiti, Trinidad, Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia and Cuba.