William Morgan was born in Hampton, Virginia in 1942. A few months later, he moved with his family to North Carolina because his father had been drafted. In 1944, however, Morgan returned with his family to Hampton Roads and moved to Newport News’ Newsome Park, where they lived until 1954. Morgan attended Newsome Park Elementary, George Washington Carver Elementary, and George Washington Carver High School. After graduating in 1960, Morgan worked at the Newport News Ship Yard for a year before attending Kittrell Junior College and, later, Hampton University. In 1963 Morgan was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany. When Morgan returned from service, he resumed residence in Newport News and continues to be an active member of the community.