Barack Obama saw Selma as a clarifying moment in U.S. history, a day when decades of racial oppression came to a head on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Biography: What is Barack Obama most known for? Barack Obama is most famous for being the first African American President of the United States. Growing Up Barack grew up in the state of Hawaii as well as Jakarta, a city in Indonesia. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was from Kansas while his father, Barack Obama, Sr., was born in Kenya, Africa.