He pushed people to look inwards and examine whether or not their mindset matched equality for everyone
He pushed people to take that mindset and align it with action
He pushed people to be more conscious of the world they live in
He pushed people to partake in the lifelong fight for justice and equality for everyone
He pushed me to be a better man and active agent for change in society
Now I'm going to push you and pass passages of empathy and understanding your way- it might get uncomfortable, but it's outside of comfort where our capacity for change is created. . . .
. Preach Dr. King! From "Letter from Birmingham Jail": "I must confess that I am not afraid of the word 'tension.' I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood."