Charles Morgan III was born in Tuscaloosa in 1954. His parents were Charles Morgan Jr. and Camille W. Morgan. They moved to Birmingham after his father graduated from law school in 1956 and lived there until 1963.
His father delivered a speech the day after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing indicting the entire city of Birmingham. The family moved a month later - first to Washington, D.C. where his father wrote the book A Time to Speak. The next year they moved to Atlanta, Ga. where they lived until 1972.
Morgan was educated at North Fulton High School, the University of the South (Sewanee), and the University of Alabama where he received a Masters Degree in American Studies. He ran track in high school and college.
He obtained his Captains license from the U.S.C.G. in 1977, and moved to Destin, Fl. and ran private sport fishing boats for many years. He started Harbor Docks, a restaurant and marina, in 1979. In addition to Harbor Docks he and his children operate 15 restaurants in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. They also founded American Lunch, a 501c3 that provides hot meals to people in need.
Morgan and his family have been involved in numerous charitable, political, and social justice causes for nearly 50 years.
Charles and Carlotta Dean Morgan were married in 1979. They have four children and six grand children.