01/21/2013 11:22 am ET Updated Mar 23, 2013

MLK Day 2013: A Look Back At Civil Rights Style (PHOTOS)

While we're glued to the Inauguration Day coverage we also want to make sure to honor and celebrate MLK Day 2013.

Not only do we remember the determination and fortitude of our legendary civil rights leaders--but we're also keen to note their style.

There is strength in style and the civil-rights movement is a perfect example.

Robin Givhan said it best in her essay about the civil-rights movement's legacy of stylish dignity:

"Style, after all, plays the role of silent orator in most every form of protest. And as civil-rights advocates fought for their humanity, self-definition was a fundamental goal. Fashion was essential."

The clothes worn by African American leaders and supporters during the movement were just as refined, sophisticated and inspiring as the way they fought for equality.

Martin Luther King Jr. knew when to hang up his sharp suits for a more causal style statement. Malcolm X was dashing in his black rimmed glasses and white bow tie while speaking at a rally. Angela Davis glowed in her larger-then-life afro. Rosa Parks even looked beautifully pulled together in a skirt suit during her infamous bus boycott arrest and mugshot.

So, in celebration of MLK Day 2013 here's a look at some of our favorite fashion-forward photos from the civil rights movement.

Civil Rights Style