Before Barack Obama was the President of the United States of America, he was a grass-roots activist in his hometown of Chicago. In his early days, he openly spoke about how he was influenced by some of the greatest, most controversial names of the 20th century.
One of those names was Malcolm X. The fiery leader of the Nation of Islam became a face in the civil rights movement due to his anti-non-violence stance. While he made a turn toward a more moderate stance in race relations and how Blacs at the time should fight for their rights, many still remember him for his violent, eye for an eye rhetoric.
A young Barack Obama was influenced by the latter. Barack spoke about the influence of X in his life at an event in Cambridge Massachusetts.
And watch his full 56 minute speech from 1995 when you have time