WASHINGTON—On April 4, 1968, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot in Memphis, Tennessee. Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that the House will observe the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination with a service in Statuary Hall to honor his life and legacy. The service will be held on Thursday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Dr. King was taken from us far too soon, but his work endures and his vision of liberty and opportunity for all inspires us still,” Speaker Ryan said. “We will honor Dr. King in the Capitol where the civil rights legislation he fought for became a reality, bringing our nation closer to realizing its founding principlesGod bless his memory.”

This service will be open to members of Congress and invited guests. For media guidance, press should contact their respective congressional media gallery.