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.
Yet, no sooner had the October 10th meeting adjourned than there appeared in the Amsterdam News an article detailing matters discussed at the meeting with specific reference to the remarks made by Judge Bolin. The seriousness of the ongoing leak was not lost on the National Office, which acknowledged that someone was giving out information that was detrimental to the NAACP, and accused the Board of creating publicity that was hurting the Association and "which is making it very difficult to carry on a program." (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 ...
Neither could they have anticipated the vigor with which Bolin's supporters would pursue her reelection to the Board.
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.A.A.C.P.
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.
In his letter of congratulations, Wilkins told Bolin, "Because of your interest and activity in the past, we are confident that in the capacity of vice-president you will continue to give us [NAACP] your advice and support in the many matters that will come before the Association." (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.
In the meantime, Judge Bolin's letter stood "as a true statement of conditions" in the absence of any other to refute it.
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.
The Board's response did not neutralize the impact of Bolin's letter.
Bolin had pierced the veil of this corporate body from the inside out.
Bolin risked more than a Board membership and a vice-presidency in the NAACP in her crusade to expose and hopefully correct the inconsistencies in the Association.