However, the Committee's split over the selection of Bolin for removal had made suspect an otherwise routine and reasonable decision to make the National Board more representative.
The campaign of the New York and Jamaica branches got a jumpstart when news of the Nominating Committee's failure to re-nominate Bolin was leaked to the newspapers.
Two days later, the Board of Directors called a meeting, where Judge Bolin spoke on a point of personal privilege.
36) Bolin agreed, and said as much to the Board in the October meeting when she stated, "I must say that we are not meeting the obligation we have to the masses of the people .
The Committee probably imagined some minor opposition from within the Board, which they clearly hoped to quell with their recommendation and election of Bolin for a vice-presidency.
Yet, there were several national officers, including Judge Delany, James Allen, William Lloyd Imes, and Earl Dickerson, who endorsed the letter from the New York Branch to all NAACP branch presidents In their estimation members of the Nominating Committee had gone to great lengths to deny the NAACP an outstanding leader in Judge Bolin, and had in effect attempted "to prevent the election of any candidates nominated by the Branch by independent petition as provided for in the N.
As a result, at the January 3rd, 1950 annual Association meeting, the campaign to reelect Judge Bolin to the National Board of Directors came to a disappointing end, and Bolin was elected as one of the vice-presidents of the NAACP.
44) Unclear about the vague responsibility of giving "advice and support," Bolin sought clarity on the function of the office and the extent of her policy-making authority as a vice-president.
Bolin found this "inconceivable and inconsistent that there should be an office in an organization without duties" and concluded that since the Board had failed to state specifically the functions of a vice-president that the generally conceived and publicly accepted meaning of the office be recognized by the NAACP.
When Bolin exited the February 14th meeting she had already made the decision to resign, but her resignation however quick would not be quiet.
56) To the Norfolk Journal and Guide's request to "PLEASE IMMEDIATELY WIRE COMMENT ON RESIGNATION STATEMENT RELEASED BY JUSTICE BOLIN STATEMENT ATTACKS POLICY OF NAACP TOP COMMAND ETC.
The New York press linked this latest fallout immediately to the earlier removal of Judge Bolin from the Board of Directors, and suggested that Bolin's resignation was actually expected in New York circles.
62) For example, the Cleveland Call and Post "Down the Big Road" column, which was intended to address the National Office's position, stated in its opening paragraph, "Judge Jane Bolin of the New York City Domestic Relations Court has done a real service to the NAACP by resigning.
Bolin had pierced the veil of this corporate body from the inside out.